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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Now-closed Lynn's Paradise Cafe has announced it will offer "full refunds" for its plastic gift cards. However, it has not yet announced further details on a time, date and place.
Customers holding the gift cards were upset they might lose their value when the restaurant closed suddenly late Friday night.
The closing came after an employee dispute involving tip practices became public. It marked the end of 22 years in business for a restaurant that gained national attention for its unusual dishes and decor. Lynn's moved to its current location on Barret Avenue in Louisville in the mid-1990s.
Owner Lynn Winter has not commented publicly on the closing. She called the business' tenure "a good run" in the original statement that announced the closing early Saturday morning.
The restaurant's chief operating officer, Patty Schnatter, told WDRB reporter Bennett Haeberle there were "four reasons" for the closing; however, she would not be specific, other than to say it was "personnel related."
This statement concerning gift cards appeared on the Lynn's Facebook page after 5:30 p.m. Thursday (capital letters come from the original posting, not WDRB):
"Lynn's Paradise Café will be hosting an event for gift card holders. We will be offering FULL REFUNDS for plastic gift cards.
"During this same period, the World of Swirl gift shop will be open to the public. If you so choose, you may use your gift card to purchase items.
"We are still working out the specific dates in which we'll be hosting this event. We are working as quickly as possible to finalize the days and times.
"Please know that providing gift card refunds to our customers is a top priority. We promise to keep you updated and informed on this issue.