Bakery announces closure amid dispute over customer bathroom access

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An Owensboro bakery, caught in the middle of a dispute over bathroom access for its customers, announces they’re closing next month.

Dalishas Bakery and Cafe owners made the announcement recently.

The bakery is in the same building as Owensboro Innovation Academy.

When the bakery and academy started sharing space inside what used to be a business incubator, customers were allowed to use restrooms inside the building. But after a school safety inspection, they were prohibited. The closing comes as both sides tried to reach a deal.

“I’m sad to hear that. I think they have very good food,” said Beckie Flescher, a customer at Delishas.

The owners said on their Facebook page last month that Owensboro Public Schools cut access to restrooms for their customers and employees for safety purposes, and could no longer be a dine-in restaurant, but they still did carry out orders. They add they feel like the issue should’ve been addressed four years ago. Jared Revlett of Owensboro Public Schools says the move was done after a school safety inspection.

“When we had the situation at the innovation academy where there was essentially a free flow of customers coming in and out of the building, we realized that posed a safety problem,” he says.

Revlett adds there was talks between the schools, their lawyers, the bakery, and health department officials on a solution, which included allowing employees to use bathrooms. Bakery owners also said on Facebook they will keep operating out of their home and are available for weddings and other events. They’ve also tried for the past year to find a new location, but haven’t so far.

“I would like to see how that works out and maybe if that works out, they can find a new location,” Flescher adds.

We reached out to Dalishas owners for further comment, but they declined our requests.

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(This story was originally published on January 17, 2019)

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