Lell’s Cafe on Cherry Road in Rock Hill closed Thursday because its business license has been suspended by the state, said owner Lell Trodgon.
In an email to The Herald, Trodgon wrote, “ I have not able to keep up with my taxes. Missing paperwork was not filed in a timely manner and that has resulted in my state business license being revoked. The state is willing to work with me on back taxes owed, but this situation is the letter of the law.
“I am working with my CPA to resolve the information issues, but I do not know if I will be allowed to re-open.”
Trodgon posted the closing on the cafe’s Facebook page, drawing thousands of hits.
In her email, Trogon wrote, “no matter how hard I work there is not enough cash coming in to pay all the taxes, fees, licenses, payroll and overhead. I have been doing this job for 28 months with no paycheck. Where we go from here is unknown, but the outpouring of support and offers for help have been humbling beyond belief.”
In her post on Facebook, Trogdon wrote:
“I am very distressed to announce that the Cafe will be closed Thursday. I have always been honest and transparent with my customers.. . . I do not know if and when we will be allowed to re-open. Please check back frequently for updates. More than anything please be thinking of my staff. You know I am nothing without them. Remember when we are closed they are not making a living.”