Business set to open months after alleged contractor scam

Business set to open months after alleged contractor scam

ASPINWALL, Pa. — After being delayed two months and owed more than $5,000 after an alleged contractor scam, one local woman is finally opening her business.

Jennifer Urich is starting what is believed to be Pittsburgh's first shipping container restaurant, Farmer and Baker, in Aspinwall's Riverfront Park.

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The restaurant was initially scheduled to open in May, but a plumber allegedly scammed her out of money for work he never started.

As 11 Investigates reported in May, Thomas Adametz sold his record as a veteran and a family man to Urich and several other small business owners around Pittsburgh to get contracts, but that work never happened.


Adametz is now facing criminal chargers, but Urich's concern is what happens next.

The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office confirmed the case could be moved to veterans court, which helps vets dealing with issues like addiction and PTSD.

It would also mean a jail sentence is unlikely.

"It just seems like he will get a little bit of a break if we go that route and I don't know if I'll ever get my money back," Urich said.

While Urich doesn't support a move to veterans court, she's focused on her new restaurant, which is moving forward with or without the money she lost.

11 Investigates has made several attempts to reach Adametz over the last couple of months, both in person and over the phone. He's either declined to comment or not returned our calls.

As for Farmer and Baker, the restaurant is now open, with a grand opening scheduled for later this month.