Mel’s Diner operator closes units amid debt woes

BONITA SPRINGS Fla. Three of the 11 Mel’s Diners in southwest Florida closed their doors last week, leaving roughly 50 employees without pay and a host of other financial obligations.

Public records show that Bonita Springs-based Creative Restaurant Management Co., the operator of the Florida eateries, is delinquent in paying at least $189,437 in sales taxes and the chain also owes close to $35,000 in back property taxes for two of its restaurants.

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