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HopScotch Goes Dark; May Be Temporary

While calls to the owners were not returned, building landlord Bill Habiger said they've told him they're sorting out an "internal conflict" and will reopen.

, a downtown restaurant/bar that opened less than three months ago, has hung a "closed" sign on its front door.

Bill Habiger, who owns the building in which the 24047 Lockport St. business is located, said owners Michelle Kosiek and Jordan Bryce locked the door Friday with the promise that the closure would be short term as they sorted out an "internal conflict" over the business' direction.

A note on the restaurant's Web site Monday said it would reopen at 5 p.m. Tuesday. However, that did not happen and it remained closed as of Wednesday night.

Kosiek did not return calls asking for comment on the business' status.

Kosiek and Jordan purchased what had been the in late summer, and opened it as HopScotch & Vine in mid-October.

The partners bought the business from Tim Murphy, who transformed the site from from a coffee/lunch spot called to a lunch/dinner/bar that opened in May 2010. At the time of the sale, Murphy said the business was profitable but that he did not have enough time to run it while caring for a sick family member and overseeing a real estate business.

Habiger said he has faith that the closure is temporary.

"I hope they will be up and running soon," he said.

Olddeegee January 12, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Not commenting to the press, regardless of how you feel about them, does nobody any good. We've had decades of local press only printing puff pieces about local businesses and the truth (which was usually obvious to residents) was never touched so toes wouldn't be stepped on. If you refute a comment or an article in the Patch )or any blog or paper for that matter) respond with facts and numbers not whining.

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