Owners couldn’t afford J-Barn, declared bankruptcy, attorney says
The shuttered J-Barn County Inn restaurant in Buffalo Township became too expensive for the owners to maintain, which led to a bankruptcy filing, their attorney said Wednesday.
“This was a small mom-and-pop type of business, and they couldn’t afford to restructure,” attorney Lawrence Willis said of owners Judith and Ronald Kutsch of Apollo.
Court records show that The Kutsch Co. filed for bankruptcy in August. The description and location of the property is listed as a restaurant at 495 Monroe Road.
Total liabilities were listed at nearly $390,000.
Judith and Ronald Kutsch have owned J-Barn since 2014, according to court records.
The Tribune-Review attempted to contact co-owner Ronald Kutsch by phone. He hung up without commenting.
Their website link lists their status as permanently closed.
A Chapter 7 corporate bankruptcy was filed in U.S. District Court on Aug. 10. Court records show there was a meeting of creditors on Oct. 22 in Pittsburgh.
The bankruptcy trustee is Jeff Sikirica, according to court records. He was court-appointed and will liquidate the assets to pay off debt of about $389,000. Sikirica could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Andrew Speer, a Freeport Area High School student, landed a part-time job as a dishwasher there over the summer.
Speer, 17, said he showed up for his work shift in late July and discovered a note on locked restaurant double doors saying J-Barn was closed due to a “family emergency.”
“I never got a text or call from Ron saying that they had a family emergency,” Speer said.
Speer said he never received his final paycheck, about $50.
Piper Claypool, 19, of Buffalo Township worked at J-Barn for 1 1/2 years.
She said she showed up for her waitress shift in July and discovered the locked doors. She is upset that there was no notification.
Joyce Hanz is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.