• Restaurant says they will stay open despite problems

    By: Essex Porter

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    WHITE CENTER, Wash - Tense moments brought Sheriff's deputies to the door of a popular White Center restaurant on Sunday.

     But Meander's kitchen is staying open, despite an announcement that it would close.

    When we visited the restaurant today new manager Afton Larsen was leading a skeleton staff, serving a limited menu, from 10 am to 3 pm.

    Larsen says yesterday one employee was fired 4 others quit over the owner's suspicions that thousands of dollars had been stolen.

    "There were deposits that didn't make it in, there's money that's missing and we're trying to sort that out," she said.

    Customers worried when they saw King County Sheriff's deputies at the restaurant Sunday.

    "They were here just as a precautionary measure to make sure that order was maintained and that nothing went wrong," she said.

    The sheriff's office confirms things went peacefully. We were unable to contact the employee who was fired.

    Customers we met seemed happy. "Great portion size, Always really good food. It's just where we want to come for breakfast every time," Andrew Woehr said.

    Some former employees claimed they had not been properly paid and yesterday posted a sign on the door indicating the restaurant would close indefinitely.

    That came as a surprise to the regulars we talked with.

    "If they were to close, it would be awful. It would be losing a treasure down here in White Center," Susannah Woehr said.

    Larsen and the two cooks haven't worked here for years. But with the owner working out of town, they who swooped in to keep the tradition going.

    "Food, wisdom, wit, biscuits, a little bit of sass," said Larsen.

    She said the pay dispute has been resolved. We checked with state Labor and Industries which told they have no complaints on record.

    It'll take more than a skeleton staff to keep Meander's kitchen open, so they will close for the next couple of days to hire more people. Larsen plans to open again on Thursday.



     



    "If they were to close, it
    would be awful. It would be losing a treasure down here in White Center," Susannah
    Woehr said.



     Larsen and the two cooks
    haven't worked here for years. But with
    the owner working out of town, they who swooped in to keep the tradition going.

    "Food, wisdom, wit,
    biscuits, a little bit of sass," said Larsen.



     



    She said the pay dispute
    has been resolved. We checked with state Labor and Industries which told they
    have no complaints on record.



     



    It'll take more than a
    skeleton staff to keep Meander's kitchen open, so they will close for the next
    couple of days to hire more people. Larsen plans to open again on Thursday.

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