Criminal case, assets seizure halt work on restaurant

The shell of a building that was supposed to be a new Greenwood restaurant was started but not finished, and the reason why isn’t what you might expect.

The proposed El Rodeo Mexican restaurant in Greenwood might never be completed because of an ongoing criminal investigation and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office seizing about $2 million from restaurants, the restaurant chain’s attorney said.

Construction of new restaurants, including locations in Greenwood and Greenfield, has stopped because the business doesn’t have the money to pay contractors, and some builders are suing the company for breaking contracts, attorney Richard Kiefer said.

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