I reported yesterday that Virginia Highland's Bella Cucina had abruptly closed a few days ago. At that point, it was unclear what exactly caused their closure. New details came yesterday afternoon including evidence of a bankruptcy filing and claims of unpaid invoices.
This past January Bella Cucina owner Alisa Berry filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Georgia northern bankruptcy court. Bella Cucina Artful Food fell into a category that placed the business within a scary set. "Asset Range: $0-$50k Liability Range: $1M-$10M."
You need not be an accounting wiz to know that those figures are not good for any business hoping to continue in a going concern.
Strangely, Bella Cucina's facebook page and website, both shutdown and inoperable Sunday night, were magically up and running late Monday night. No new updates were posted but a message posted on the facebook page on July 10 gives some clues to their possible plans :
"Thank you to our loyal and local supporters for 8 great years in Virginia Highlands. We've loved every minute of it!
Stay tuned for a fall opening of a new retail location.
Until then, you can always get your artichoke pesto fix from Whole Foods or visit us online. Buon appetito!
Will Bella Cucina actually reopen or is this Alisa Barry's version of "closed for renovations?" What should open in place of Bella Cucina?