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Donald Finley, owner of the kitsch-laden theme bar and restaurant Jekyll & Hyde, which closed during the pandemic, is facing some real-life horrors. According to the industry publication Restaurant Business, Finley could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison and a fine of $1.3 million after pleading guilty to defrauding the federal government of $3.2 million in federal COVID-19 aid:

… Finley admitted in federal court that he used the proceeds from 29 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Emergency Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDLP) loans for personal expenses, including the purchase of a house in the Massachusetts resort of Nantucket.


In addition to paying a $1.3 million fine, Finley, age 61, is subject to repayment of the $3.2 million he received through the two federal aid programs.

Jekyll & Hyde filed for bankruptcy in 2022 at which time the club owed over $7.5 million to creditors and another $1.5 million in unpaid rent.

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The Planet’s Most Interesting Theme Restaurants—Part 2