Greektown is at Odds on Licensing - Wednesday 19th of April 2006

DETROIT, Michigan As reported by the Detroit Free Press: "Some Greektown restaurant owners are angry that state regulators have cut off their share of $6 million in annual complimentary meal coupons from Greektown Casino.

"They share the concern that the state could drive them out of business by requiring that they qualify as casino suppliers and be licensed to feed gamblers.

"We don't know how the gaming board can ask us to get a license. A license for what? We have nothing to do with the gamblers," said Steve Georgiou, president of the Greektown Merchants Association. "We just give them lamb chops or soup or whatever and get reimbursed by the casino."

"Georgiou, co-owner of Olympia restaurant, had to lay off 35 of his 70 workers in recent weeks after the Michigan Gaming Control Board pulled his license in February. Business is down by 40%.

"But the gaming control board staff says stringent rules require them to license anyone doing more than $200,000 worth of business each year with the city's three gambling houses..."

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