Stonehouse workers get their final pay in cash
Nevada City’s Sunday market will continue despite this week’s closure of the Stonehouse restaurant, the building owner said Friday.
The market will continue while the owner looks for a tenant to occupy the 10,000-square-foot building, said Nikko Wu, who owns the building that had housed the Stonehouse restaurant until Thursday.
The restaurant’s workers, meanwhile, were presented with their final wages in cash on Friday by Stonehouse owners Mimi Boardman and Pam Scanlon.
Boardman said the restaurant would file Chapter 7 bankruptcy as early as next week.
The restaurant’s 30 or so employees collected envelopes stuffed with cash in front of the Glenbrook Basin Safeway store on Friday.
Boardman and Scanlon, her sister, said they wanted to ensure their employees were paid in full ahead of the bankruptcy filing.
The sisters opened the restaurant in 2004, after Wu purchased the long-dormant building the year before.
Wu said she would be entertaining offers for the restaurant as a turn-key operation.
“Anything is possible,” she said, adding that the restaurant’s closing “was news to me.”
Boardman and Scanlon said they closed the restaurant in part because Wu was raising the rent by 33 percent to $8,000 a month. Wu said Friday she had been charging the restaurant owners less than fair market value for rent.
Employees who spoke to The Union said the restaurant’s closure was sudden and some didn’t have jobs lined up.
“It was just so sudden,” said Victor Skinner, a bartender and server who worked at the restaurant for two years. “No warning for us.”
Skinner said he has a second job at Dos Banditos, across the street from the Stonehouse.
Others didn’t have jobs lined up, such as Nick Szwarc, 24, who worked as a bartender and server for just over a year.
“I’ve just got a big pile of resumes and spirit,” he said about his future plans.
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