Two Redding Businesses Close Doors
Tortuga Bay Grill and Fatboy's Rotisserie & Sandwiches are the latest of a string of Redding businesses to close their doors.
Tortuga Bay Grill, which was on Park Marina Dr., closed its doors on Sunday.
The Administrative Assistant at Budgetel River Inn, Andrea Embray, said the building was rented to Tortuga Bay Grill on an "as is" contract.
They gave them two months of rent free so they could clean up and set up.
Monthly payments were supposed to start in September of 2011, but they said they've never gotten one.
"We're very sad to see them leave and they were good for business and they had a great product and the only reason why, to our knowledge, that they had to go was due to non-payment on a monthly basis," Embray said.
She said after a long time of trying to work with them, the inn took them to court.
The judge ordered them to pay more than $37,000. That's when they decided to just close their doors.
After seven years, Fatboy's closed its doors on Saturday. The owner, Ken Gigliella, said he went to three different banks to try and take out a small business loan, but was denied.
He said all they needed was that little cushion to keep up.
"There was just a lot of little things happening; things breaking down, like a refrigerator breaking down, a freezer going, then my big box went with all the meat in it. That was another 3,000 to 4,000 dollars to replace all that," Gigliella said.
He said he is grateful for all his customers and supporters.
He said his employees even offered to take a pay cut and that his landlord offered to help out, but when it comes down to it, he doesn't want to be in debt to anyone.
Fatboy's will still be offering their catering services. Gigliella will be working out of Deja Vu restaurant in downtown Redding.
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