As his TV fame grew, Paul Teutal Sr. decided to use the Orange County Choppers’ name to get into the restaurant business. According to a May 2010 announcement in Business Wire, the project included opening a “full-service restaurant, bar, microbrewery, gaming, hospitality, retail and entertainment experience” in Newburgh, N.Y., near Senior’s home and garage. That was the vision, but the reality left a bitter taste in some investors’ mouths.
Page Six reported that by March 2018, the motorcycle aficionado owed New York state more than $22,000 in tax money for the Orange County Choppers Cafe. Originally unveiled as Orange County Choppers Roadhouse, the venture was problematic from the get-go. According to the Miami Herald, more than a dozen investors, “most of them Venezuelans, alleged that they were hoodwinked into investing $12 to $15 million on a business project” that was allegedly hawked simultaneously to multiple groups of investors. Some investors claimed the deal was part of a Ponzi scheme that included issuing “shares in paper companies that had no value at all.” The business also changed names multiple types — a move that smelled fishy to some.
To date, Teutal has remained mum about the whole debacle, and the cafe is still open for business.