#44 Apr 8, 2014
Burrito Jonz lasted 3 months in Herkimer after getting $30,000 in public funding and then not paying its rent - a whole $500 a month.
Opened 1 1/2 year behind schedule --- opened in early January in the middle of winter, on the dismal Main St of Herkimer where half the valley is too scared to venture. LOL.
Just as when he shut his Utica burrito shack, owner John Winter blamed everyone and everything but himself.
He's a scam artist who bunged over taxpayers for $30,000 and created a big mess and ill will all around.
News article from the Herkimer Telegram.
Burrito Jonz Closes Its Doors in Herkimer
By STEPHANIE SORRELL-WHITE
Telegram Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 7, 2014 @ 5:45 pm
HERKIMER Burrito Jonz, at the corner of North Main Street and Park Avenue, closed its doors over the weekend after only three months in business.
Its owner said the closure was due to a disagreement with the landlord, while the landlord said it was over the owners refusal to pay rent.
This is after $30,000 had been invested into the business -$15,000 from the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency and $15,000 from the village of Herkimer.
Mark Feane, IDA executive director, said Monday there were provisions on the grant if the company went out of business.
Our lawyers are going to need to investigate what the cause was for going out of business, he said.
Herkimer Mayor Mark Ainsworth could not be reached for comment Monday.
On Monday, the Burrito Jonz sign had been removed from the building and an auction was held of all of its equipment. Owner John Winter said everything was going back to the village.
Winter talked about what led to his closing the business so soon after opening and after a little less than two years of planning and remodeling.
I couldnt get to an agreement with the landlord, he said.I didnt pay rent because he didnt fix what he was supposed to.
Winter added,I dont know what Im going to do now Im going to try and regroup. Winter closed his Burrito Jonz location in Utica in August 2013.
Alex Dorantes said he and his brother Jason Dorantes were in negotiations with Winter in February 2012, when they first bought the building.
It was a successful business, I liked the food and he said he could do well in Herkimer, said Dorantes during an interview Monday.
A five-year lease agreement was signed in August 2012 for $500 a month for rent with no increases, he said.
Dorantes said over the next year, improvements were made to the building to accommodate Winters requests.
In May 2012, the IDA granted Burrito Jonz $15,000. In January 2013, the Herkimer village board approved a $15,000 loan from a revolving loan fund for the project, but specified the funds could be used for equipment only.
In an April 5, 2013 Telegram article, Winter said he anticipated the restaurant opening very, very soon. The plan was to hire three full-time employees and six to 10 part-time employees.
Dorantes said, however, after he wasnt paid rent for January and February after trying to negotiate with Winter, he said he and his brother looked into having a three-day pay or quit eviction.
Last week, Dorantes and Winter said a court decided he needed to pay rent. Dorantes said he is owed a little over $2,000 for rent and another fee from the court decision. He also said the decision included evicting the owner.
Dorantes said he is also out the money he put into restoring the old Sprint Communication building into a restaurant.
In the meantime, Dorantes said he is looking toward the future.
We have a list of people who want to do business with us, he said.
Dorantes said theyve had two other businesses open in the same building - Custom Cuts Barber Shop and Top Dollar Gold - for a little over a year.
Since: Apr 14
#45 Apr 8, 2014
John the owner is actually a very nice down to earth guy. I worked with him years ago. However, the good isn't very good. But that's been my experience with all the so called "Mexican" restaurants in central NY. Myself being born and raised in California, I've been fortunate to grow up on "true" authentic Mexican food. Believe me folks...Burrito Jonz...Moes...Pedro's Kitchen...do not even touch the surface when it comes to true Mexican food. I commend these places for trying, but nonetheless, it has been one disappointment after another for me. Just my opinion.
#46 Apr 8, 2014
We don need no stinking mecican food
#47 Apr 8, 2014
and you are speaking for who?? Stick to your potato salad riggies ass face.
#48 Apr 8, 2014
I agree, however there IS at least one great mexican style resturant in the area. RIO GRANDE in Washington Mills.
#49 Apr 8, 2014
Hey thanks. Will definitely give it a shot!
#50 Apr 8, 2014
Are u a wet*ack from Mehico? Jump de fence? Eat dem refry beans n taco?
#51 Apr 8, 2014
Thank god we don't have to hear about John's three day warmed over shit food. He's a perfect match for Herkimer. AIDS infested loser slop.
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