MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - As many await the opening of the new Sweetie Pie's on Beale location, local contractors say they are still waiting to be paid for work done on the building.
St. Louis restaurant owner's Robbie Montgomery and Tim Norman, were made famous from the OWN television series "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's." Now the mother and son duo are opening a location in Memphis on Beale Street.
Aair-One Services owner David Burnett says his company has done $90,000 worth of work on the building, but has yet to be paid.
"We were supposed to get a check in the near future and it never came," said Burnett.
Burnett says he was hired by Norman, co-owner of Sweetie Pie's.
WMC Action News 5 spoke with Montgomery over the phone. Despite a deposit check and invoice signed by her son, and email communication between her employee and Aair-One, she says she did not hire Aair-One Services and does not owe the company any money.
Burnett says he is now left in a desperate situation.
"Looking like we will have to lay-off employees because we can't pay," says Burnett.
WMC reached out to the company responsible for leasing the building, Central Foods. They say that according to the lease agreement, Central Foods is not responsible for the payment of alterations or renovations made on the building.
"I feel sorry for the guy because he is stuck in a place no business man wants to be," says Montgomery.