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Local Restaurant's Future Uncertain After Seizure

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Employees of a troubled Nashville restaurant got quite a surprise when they showed up for work on Tuesday.

Chappy's on Church was locked up tight, and customers who came to get a bite to eat had to turn around and go home, or find another place to eat.

In addition to the lock on the door, guests and employees found a property seizure notice citing non-payment of Tennessee taxes.

The restaurant, which specializes in New Orleans Creole cuisine, opened after owner John Chapman and his wife Starr moved to Music City after Hurricane Katrina. Some employees said it has been a rollercoaster ever since.

One server said he wasn't surprised by the sign on the door, but he was frustrated the owners didn't give him more notice.

"As an 8-month employee, I expected to have more value, and to not be notified ahead of time was a little disappointing to say the least," said Nathan Lewis.

Some employees said the restaurant owes them money, and they have no idea if they will receive another paycheck or not, or if they still have jobs.

In a Facebook posting Tuesday night, Chappy said "I love Nashville. Nashville's been great to us and we love all our customers! This is a very sad day since we have worked so hard.

"We shouldn't have done Kitchen Nightmares. We have spent several months struggling to come out of a negative situation. Plans are forthcoming right now and in the meantime, we are taking a break and spending time with family. Thank you." 

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