Photo from Amarillo Tex's Steakhouse Facebook page
The former Amarillo Tex's Steakhouse at 180 E. Center Drive, Alton.
ALTON — The building owner of the former Amarillo Tex’s at Alton Square Mall said he is looking to sell the building.
Todd Kennedy, president of Kennedy & Crause Inc. in East Alton, said the Amarillo Tex’s tenant stopped paying his rent in November. He also stopped paying rent to landowner Macy’s. The restaurant closed Feb. 15.
“It’s become a legal nightmare for us,” Kennedy said. “We’ve got our lawyer trying to clean it up so that we can sell it again.”
If Kennedy can’t resolve the legal issues, he may reopen the building as Main Street Brewing Company, a business he owns in Belleville.
Kennedy said his company has been getting “hate mail” about Amarillo Tex’s gift cards that weren’t honored; his business may do something to honor the cards despite not being involved in issuing them.
“It wasn’t our business,” he said. “We didn’t sell the gift cards; we didn’t collect the money.”
The company owns Golden Corrals in Collinsville and Carbondale, along with Julia’s Banquet Center in East Alton. He said some people have the false notion they are liquidating businesses and said they are not planning to close Julia’s or the Golden Corrals. The company sold Golden Corrals in Alton and at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri to finance the Belleville brewery venture.
“It has nothing to do with going out of business or not being able to pay bills,” he said.