It will be a year in January since Lynnâ€™s Paradise Cafe abruptly closed its doors. Itâ€™s been for sale ever since. There are some serious offers on the table that could mean a deal to buy Lynnâ€™s could be done by the end of 2013.
Inside Lynnâ€™s Paradise Cafe, everything is in place. A new owner could just walk in and open up shop.
â€œWe are hoping to be finished by the end of the year. We donâ€™t know if that will happen or not, but we have several interested parties and itâ€™s all looking good,â€ said Patty Schnatter, the spokesperson for Lynnâ€™s Paradise CafÃ©.
She took me inside Lynnâ€™s last week to talk about the possibilities. If it sells, Lynn would like the new owner to keep the quirky brand for which itâ€™s known. It was just months ago we were told a deal was almost done, but this time they say itâ€™s different.
â€œThere are some very serious things right now,â€ Schnatter said. â€œI am not at liberty to discuss those for obvious reasons. But there are some things going on that look more promising.â€
They have interested parties from Louisville, across the country and even outside the U.S. Lynn recently completed renovations to make sure the place was ready to go.
Everything is new at the business, from floors to new salt and pepper shakers. The most work was done downstairs, where the floors were redone and new coolers and cabinets were added.
â€œSince we were open seven days a week, there were a lot of things we wanted to do, but now that we are closed, why not do it now?â€ Schnatter said.
With the new year approaching, Lynn and Patty are hoping a deal is around the corner.
â€œIt would be nice by the end of year. We are getting close to the end of the year so we are not sure what will happen,â€ Schnatter said.
Editorâ€™s note: This story was reported on prior to the close of 2013.