Tasty Buddha closes for good
By Chip Skambis and Anna Carabeo
Gainesville restaurant Tasty Buddha has closed its doors as the owner prepares to file for bankruptcy, according to employees and management.
Some employees at the restaurant told TV20 that Parker Van Hart, president and CEO of Tasty Buddha Restaurants Inc., informed the managers at both locations of the closure this morning.
The company had hoped to complete the business day and close tonight but has since closed entirely, a manager said.
The employees said they won’t be able to receive pay for the past three weeks of work.
Van Hart confirmed that he doesn’t have enough money to pay the employees and that the company will file for bankruptcy. He declined to comment further, citing previous coverage from local media that he found unfavorable.
“I tried to reach out to the media in July and the Gainesville Sun and TV20 made me out to look like the big bad boss,” he said.
A manager said the restaurant had lost $100,000 worth of revenue since some employees went on strike this past July. Despite the loss, Van Hart wrote in a Facebook post last night that "sales are nearly back to the record levels they were before the strike."
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