'Paradise' patrons react to iconic restaurant's closing


by Johnny Archer with C.J. Daniels (web story)


Posted on January 12, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 14 at 2:31 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Lynn’s Paradise Café has become one of the many quirky icons making Louisville unique.

With its interior canvassed in zany artwork while the exterior marveled in bright colors, frequent visitors couldn’t get enough of the charm.

Dishes like harvest moon chicken salad, fried green tomatoes, and walnut crusted chicken reflect the restaurant’s unique persona.

The café was featured on programs like the Oprah Winfrey Show and on the Food network.

Early Saturday morning, diners where taken aback when upon learning owner Lynn Winter closed the restaurants doors for good after 22 years without notice.

Café patrons Greg Stengel and his wife drove nearly 1,000 miles from Dallas, Texas just to eat at Lynn’s.

“It’s an eclectic place we heard about for many years and came in to see friends of ours and we’re disappointed that this place isn’t open today,” Stengel said.

Without signs posted saying the restaurant is closed, people were going to get something to eat but greeted with rope, two cones and security.

A paradise parking lot normally packed with patrons on Saturday, was empty and quiet.

The crowds the business attracted will be what business owner Laura Applegate will miss. Apple gate owns a small gift shop next door called Regalo.

“My first reaction is I really hate to see them move out of the neighborhood. They were a draw to the neighborhood from a lot of folks that didn’t know about us from the area,” Applegate said.

It’s an area in the Highlands that will be without a paradise people can stop by and get something to eat.