Popular St. Joseph restaurant closing

A popular St. Joseph, Michigan, eatery closed its doors Tuesday after a dispute between the restaurant's business partners.

Tom Jennings, the owner of the Pump House Grille, held a press conference Wednesday morning in response to the media attention the restaurant's closing stirred.

The Berrien County Treasurer's Office posted a "notice of seizure" on the Pump House, and gave them 30 days to pay more than $6,000 in personal property taxes.

Jennings says he has the money to pay the county, but the issue at hand is between him and his business partner, John Bertuca.

During Wednesday's press conference, Jennings fought back tears as he announced the Pump House is likely closed for good.

And although he declined to go into details, he says he blames the decision on an ongoing dispute with Bertuca and the building's landlord.

“There were certain things that had to happen for this to all work out and there's two different views as to how that transpired,” says Tom Jennings the owner of the Pump House Grille.

All of the Pump House employees have been offered jobs at Jennings' other restaurant, Casey's, in New Buffalo.

Jennings says he expects the now-empty Casey's to be up and running sometime this week or next.

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