Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - Updated: 7:39 PM
One month after paying off thousands of unpaid school lunch dollars, a local business has suddenly closed its doors and left many wondering if it will reopen.
Moonshine, Beer & BBQ made national headlines in the final months of 2016 when it paid off $7,323.23 worth of delinquent student lunch accounts at Lyon County Schools. The business had been soliciting investors for months as part of a redevelopment plan that included purchasing the Eddyville Mall and "a $50 million project to build a 300-seat restaurant, moonshine distillery/museum, brewery, state of the art banquet room, tap house and a stock car history museum."
On the company's Facebook page a post dated Jan. 12 read, "We would like to announce that we are closed for the season. Headed for our future renovations and future plans. Thank you for your continuing support and we look forward to seeing you next spring!!"
Readers contacting the Herald Ledger said furniture had been moved out of the Moonshine, Beer & BBQ's offices over the weekend.
Attempts to reach CEO Daniel Thompson were unsuccessful prior to press time Tuesday.
The Herald Ledger also reached out to Chris Burnett, owner of the Eddyville Mall. Sources familiar with the deal said Moonshine, Beer & BBQ had made an offer to purchase the shopping center, but was unable to raise funds.
In a December release, Thompson Enterprises pledged to "bring approximately 100 jobs to Eddyville, with an additional 200 jobs coming from attracting businesses into the Eddyville Mall."
Moonshine, Beer & BBQ had recently qualified under the Kentucky Angel Investment Act, which would have given investors tax deductions to fund the business.
The business had partnered with civic groups since its inception, raising funds for HOPE Food Bank with events on Labor Day and Halloween.
It also supplied a venue for entertainment during the past year.
Looking forward, tourism industry members had hoped the business would fit into developing plans for county-wide events during the August solar eclipse.
On Monday, Lyon County Tourism Director Debi Dodd said she had spoken with Burnett, who said the mall would continue to work with the community. Dodd said she was disappointed to hear of Moonshine, Beer & BBQ's closure.
"They're not coming back," Dodd said. "It was going to be something good for the community."