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Neighbors complain about former home of Lynn's Paradise Cafe

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Lynn's Paradise Cafe has been closed for almost three years, but some Highland business owners are not happy about what's happened to the property since it was sold earlier this year.

For years, Lynn's was one of the main attractions and brought a lot of business to the area.

Since the business was sold, neighbors say the new owners have not taken care of the property, and there's litter, debris and lots of overgrown grass.

"My heart and soul is here. I grew up on Highland Avenue," said Jennifer Rosenstein, a Highland business owner.

Rosenstein said she opened Le Rack Consignment Boutique hoping to cash in on the popularity of Lynn's Paradise Cafe.

"I was definitely looking forward to it."

But Rosenstein said she never got the bump in business.

"It has gone downhill since Lynn has closed."

And neighbors say is has become somewhat of an eyesore.

"At least when she was here the property was being managed well on the inside and outside," Rosenstein said.

"We moved here knowing that business was going to bounce back up," said Wade Ridley, managing partner of Gallery K Coffeehouse in the Highlands.

"When we originally signed, it was announced that Lynn's was going to sign, that Lynn's was sold the next day."

He knew Lynn's was closing but was hoping there would be a strong replacement to help generate traffic.

"Whatever it is, though, it should be something hopefully soon," Ridley said. "That way this neighborhood can grow again."

WDRB News did some digging and found the deed showing the property was sold to Fresh Capital Acquisitions in Madison, Tenn.

"The number one question we answer here is what is Lynn's Paradise Cafe going to be," Ridley said.

And so far, we've been unable to reach anyone from the company to answer that question, but neighbors hope the new owners are at least paying attention.

"We want to see something go in there, something work for the neighborhood and not just for the business owners, but the people that are living in the area," Rosenstein said.

According to the deed, it was sold for $1.5 million. That means chances are good it will not be vacant for long.

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