Meeker’s Deal Still Alive

After city officials in Danbury denied a man’s plan to open a bar in the former Meeker’s Hardware Building at 80 White Street, the owner of the building has invested about $100,000 to upgrade what had become a rundown and dilapidated eyesore. The city called the plans slipshod because of things like broken windows. Meanwhile, Luis Matailo blamed a lot of the problems on the city, saying it was taking way too long to get a simple liquor permit. He said he has a good track record and every intention of restoring the building. He now says the investment in roof repairs and new windows cost him as much as $120,000. He plans to go back to the city when renovations are complete and apply for permission again to open a bar and restaurant there.