A food distributor claims in a federal suit that it is owed more than $202,000 by the Shakespeare and Co. restaurants in Lexington.
US Foods says it has supplied food and services to Shakespeare and Co. since 2012. But as of February, US Foods says it is owed $202,394.41 “on past due invoices.”
“As of the date of the filing of this complaint, US Foods has not received payment in full for the amounts owed” under invoices and customer account agreements, the complaint said.
Edward Saad, owner of Shakespeare and Co., acknowledged Monday that there is a dispute about what is owed.
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“There were discussions between them (US Foods) and my finance manager here, and they have not come back” with a response, Saad said. “They were billing the company through a second outfit owned by US Foods and charging us 30 or 40 percent higher than the market.
“To my knowledge, they haven’t come back to discuss it with us and to solve the situation,” Saad said. “We’re not a company to owe some people and turn our back.”
The Shakespeare and Co. restaurant on Broadway and Short Street opened in 2012 and was the first U.S. location of the Dubai-based chain. In 2014, another location opened in Chinoe Center (in the former location of Pacific Pearl and Rossi’s). A third location opened at 1908 Bryant Road near the Hamburg shopping area.