Vendors Say They Were Screwed Out of Thousands By Beer Nation – Houston Press

Monday, July 17, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Apparently, “Sketch Nation” Was Already Taken

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When we last checked in on the misleadingly monikered Beer Nation, it was shuttered in June by the property owners for not paying rent, and its manager and owner were ignoring our questions. Now, two Houston vendors say the owners stiffed them out of a combined $37,000.

John Curtin of Little John’s Refrigeration told the Houston Press that his company installed three walk-in coolers and provided an ice machine for lease, and while the folks behind Beer Nation made the first five payments, they missed the last eight, screwing Little John’s out of roughly $22,000.

Additionally, a representative of Tri-Electric said his company is owed $15,000 for electrical work, for which the company is preparing to file a lien.  

Prior to Beer Nation’s opening in April, Curtin said he met Beer Nation manager Larry Kakos and business partner Jonathan Clark at a restaurant trade show. According to Curtin, Kakos and Clark explained that they owned strip clubs in Detroit and had wanted to open one in Houston, but couldn’t afford a license, so they decided on a restaurant. (Kakos previously worked at Detroit-area strip club Tycoons).

In case that’s not odd enough, here’s more: While the owner of Beer Nation — at least on paper — is a Detroit-area dude named Scott Hait, Curtin said he was told the owner was a fellow named Jake Wilson. Curtin said he only spoke with Wilson on the phone, and that it was Wilson who claimed, after the first missed payment to Little John’s, that his company’s bookkeeper had embezzled $400,000, which is why there was a cash-flow problem. (Another excuse for a missed payment, according

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