Unopened Maplewood restaurant seeks funding

A business trying to open in Maplewood at a location with a recent history of troubled businesses now seems to have troubles of its own.

Maplewood City Council in December approved True Sites, a restaurant/dinner theater at the corner of Manchester Road and Sutton Boulevard—the former location of Blind Tiger, and Jumpin’ Jupiter before that.

Owner Michael True told Maplewood planning and zoning in December the restaurant is to have an Alaska theme. He also planned a dinner theater for the stage.

Now, True says on a crowd funding website that he’s in danger of losing his investment and the location.

True launched a GoFundMe campaign on March 24, asking the public for $40,000 to help him cover start-up costs, according to Feast Magazine. He hopes to open in April, if the funding is successful.

“Due to several misfortunate circumstances with private funding over the last couple of months, I am reaching out publicly for help in able to move forward and overcome the hardships of my present situation,” True says in his GoFundMe description, according to Feast. “My personal investment of nearly $50,000 and losing the location are currently at stake.”

See the full article in Feast Magazine.

Paper has covered the windows at Manchester and Sutton for the past two months.

Paper has covered the windows at Manchester and Sutton for the past two months.

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