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Mollie's Mystery

Posted Thursday, January 12, 2012, at 2:17 PM

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.


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Most of this information was reported yesterday afternoon. Did you get your information from Scott Nagel or just use what KFVS reported, plus what the state, county & city information they gave you? Just curious how KFVS got people to return their calls so fast if you been working on this since before Christmas? They weren't aware of it until yesterday and had answers by 5pm yesterday......

Anyway, if you purchased Heartland Half Off coupons a month or so back, you can contact KFVS, they are refunding all money for any of the Mollies coupons you purchased. If you have gift certificates you purchased at Mollies for someone, then you are just out of luck on those....Scott just took your money and ran...and we can see he didn't use it to pay any of his bills......Maybe he picked up all these bad habits from who he purchased the restaurant from....dont want to mention any names here because my comment may get delted, but it might anyway......hhhmmmmm

-- Posted by spanish_street on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 4:01 PM

Oh, no, another of my favorite restaurants bites the dust! Good food is not cheap, so I did not go often enough to sustain this restaurant, but I sure wish I could have. The food was always fresh, delectable, and the service was great.

-- Posted by renok75 on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 4:29 PM

Fine dining has taken a hit everywhere. Just not the market for it that there was in the roaring 90s.

-- Posted by CeilingCatKnowsBest on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 4:45 PM

This makes me sad. However we also were unable to partake at this restaurant as it was too pricey for our budget. Too bad there aren't enough people with that kind of spending power to keep it going. I remember when this place began after taking over the original location from Al's Midtown...it wasn't too expensive at that time and very very good.

-- Posted by Catbert on Fri, Jan 13, 2012, at 5:20 AM

lol Spanish street I guess the first time you posted got deleted. Not sure why since your post sounds about right.

-- Posted by QT-PIE on Fri, Jan 13, 2012, at 9:02 AM

I guess he afraid of the casino lurking around the corner. Hey I'll take a 10.99 Buffet anyday of the week over overpriced fine dining.

-- Posted by semostudent08 on Fri, Jan 13, 2012, at 9:16 AM

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Melissa Miller is business editor at The Southeast Missourian. A graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School, she's worked as a reporter, photographer, editor and as the executive director of two not-for-profit organizations. After living in Michigan and then Indiana, she moved back to her hometown of Jackson, Mo. In addition to writing daily stories for The Southeast Missourian, Melissa coordinates editorial content each month for Business Today. Business Today is a monthly publication for southeast Missouri's business community. Monthly themes include health care, agriculture, women in business, technology and more. Business Today is direct mailed to business owner and managers throughout southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. Follow her updates on local business developments at www.twitter.com/semissourianbiz or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MelissaMillerSoutheastMissourian

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