Many in shock after closure of Lynn’s Paradise Café


by WHAS11

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 16 at 7:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It was a shock to the community when Lynn’s Paradise Cafe shut down so abruptly last weekend, but Lynn’s is not the only restaurant in that area to close its doors.

People are still in disbelief that Lynn’s Paradise Cafe abruptly closed their doors last weekend; including Scott Lawlyer who worked there for two years.

 “It was a shock to me what happened to Lynn’s because it was a great place with great food and a lot of great workers,” Scott Lawlyer

But Lynn’s is not the only restaurant to shut down in the area. Within a two mile radius of the cafe three other restaurants have closed. The first was Avalon on Bardstown Road in July.

But within the last month the Corner Door and Joe Davola's  also closed.

We spoke to Highlands Commerce Guild President Larry Rother about the economy in and around the Highlands.

“My overall view of the Highlands’ economy is still positive. But we’re in a time when the economy is still challenging,” Rother said.

Rother says the closed restaurants are more coincidental. And the challenges of keeping a restaurant open can take a toll on the business.

 “I do think the restaurant business is a very challenging business. I’ve never been in it. I’ll tell you it’s a lot more complicated than anything I’ve done,” Rother said.

Rother also says it’s not unusual for restaurants to close; it’s part of the cycle the industry goes through.

Lynn Winter has owned Lynn's Paradise Cafe for 22 years.

She sent WHAS11 news a statement saying she closed the restaurant so she could "move on to new creative ventures."

There's still no word on what will happen to the building or items still inside or regarding gift cards purchased prior to its closing.