LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – On Saturday there was no usual rush at Lynn’s Paradise Café on Barrett Avenue. 22 years of business ended abruptly after the last meal was served Friday night.
Employees tell WHAS11 they were told the restaurant would be closed throughout the weekend, but to call on Sunday for scheduling, however the restaurant owner released a statement citing the closure. The announcement left regular customers and employees of the restaurant stunned.
“I was absolutely surprised. I actually got a text from my best friend at 2 in the morning telling me about it, “former employee Leila DiFazio said.
Recently, the nationally recognized restaurant came under scrutiny after a new payroll policy was enforced on January 2, 2013, that required servers to carry $100 in cash each shift to tip out. A policy WHAS11 has learned is illegal in the state of Kentucky.
DiFazio says she was fired this week for not having the cash on her. She claims employees were not treated fairly. “This was something I could not do, but after expressing my concerns I was soon thereafter terminated,” DiFazio said.
With no explanation as to why the restaurant suddenly closed its doors DiFazio said if the closure was a result of her speaking out about her termination that was not her intention. “I wish nothing but the best for the employees who are affected by this and my apologies go out to them.”
According to the restaurant’s official Facebook Page, paychecks and W2’s will be mailed out on time, and the restaurant will be donating its inventory to the needy throughout the community on Sunday. Information on what to do about giftcards is still being worked out.