Portland smacks espresso store homeowners with shock $18K charge

PORTLAND, Maine — Entrepreneurs Joshua Ames and Nate Donovan first cooked up their mixture espresso store, speakeasy, literary hub and retail studying room enterprise thought over brunch in 2021.

They started working shopping for tools, signed a five-year lease on Congress Road and spent almost a 12 months renovating the two-floor area. Ames and Donovan had been nearly able to open Novel E-book Bar & Cafe.

Nevertheless it won’t occur. Portland metropolis officers have levied a $18,000 “affect charge” on the brand new operation and instructed the duo they will’t open till they pay up.