There are more signs management behind the opulent waterfront restaurant Quartet isn't satisfying agreements with its creditors. Namely, one of its creditors is saying so.
In two separate small claims suits filed last month, local publisher SagaCity Media Inc. says Taylor Hospitality Group—the management company behind Quartet and downtown steakhouse Portland Prime—owes almost $15,000 for advertisements dating back to last year. The ads appeared in a variety of SagaCity's local publications and affiliated websites, the suits say, including Portland Monthly and Portland Bride & Groom.
I didn't catch these when I wrote last week about allegations Quartet is bleeding tens of thousands of dollars a month. Sagacity's claims were filed August 15, five days before Portland businessman and Quartet investor Roy Jay filed suit, alleging incompetence.
But they're of a piece with other assertions. Jay's complaint says Quartet, mere months after opening in February, had already reached a point where suppliers would only accept cash for merchandise. Former and current employees of Quartet and Portland Prime told the Mercury tales of bounced checks, and tips held for weeks to help pay the company's bills.
Frank Taylor, who runs the restaurants, has yet to reply to my repeated calls for comment. Meanwhile, an employee at SagaCity reached today wouldn't say which restaurant(s) the contested ads were touting, or how far back they date. Invoice numbers included in the filings suggest at least one advertisement ran in 2012. In total, SagaCity says Taylor's company owes $14,296.