June 19, 2019

Phoenix Food Service sued by two Caribou employees

CARIBOU — Two local men have sued the Phoenix Food Service Corp., which operated the Phoenix restaurant and bar for a short time this summer, claiming that they are owed back wages. One man claims that he lent the restaurant $10,000 and has yet to be repaid.

The Phoenix was located in the former Yusef’s building on Bennett Drive in Caribou. It opened in May and closed after three months of operation. Local officials cited insufficient amount of operating capital as the reason for the business closure.

In an Aroostook County Superior Court complaint, Tyler Norris and Gary Simpson each claimed they are owed money. Norris was a manager at the restaurant with a salary of $285 a week, He claims he was not paid between July 5 and Aug. 11, 1995.

Simpson was employed as a laborer at a rate of $7 an hour. He claims that he is owed 40 hours of regular time and 17.5 hours of overtime for work from May 8 to June 28.

In addition, Simpson claims that he lent the restuarant $10,000 at 14 percent interest, which has not been paid.

The defendants have denied all charges in an answer filed with the court.

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