Is downtown fine dining restaurant Mollie's closed?
Rumors have been swirling since a sign was posted on the door, at 11 S. Spanish St., before Christmas indicated at least a temporary closure.
It reads, "Due to a equipment malfunction, we will be closed this evening. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you."
But to report a business has closed for good, I can't rely on rumors. I must talk to a source and in this case, that has proved difficult.
Here is what I can verify:
*Repeated calls to Mollie's over the past few weeks have gone unanswered. The restaurant's phone is now disconnected.
*The building's owner, Mary Ann Kellerman, said Mollie's owner Scott Nagel rents the building from her, but she has also been unable to reach him. Kellerman said she hopes he plans to reopen. A message I left on his cell phone was not returned.
* On January 9, the Missouri Division of Employment Security filed a $9,259.79 judgment against Just Scott, LLC, operated by Scott Nagel, for unpaid employment taxes.
*The state liquor license for the restaurant expired June 3, 2011, according to the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control. A spokesman for the agency said they have not received any complaints or done any investigations into Mollie's.
*The restaurant's City of Cape Girardeau business license, like all business licenses in the city, expired Dec. 31. It is yet to be renewed for 2012. The restaurant's city liquor license is valid through June 30, 2012. City utilities are still turned on at the building.
*Several readers have called or emailed me saying that they have gift certificates to the restaurant they are now unable to redeem. Unfortunately, this situation occurs often when a business closes. I suggest you file a consumer complaint with the Missouri Attorney General's office.