Workers at a Scottsdale restaurant locked out

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After a busy Mother's Day, those who worked at Cask 63, billed as an American Eatery and Wine Bar in the Shops at Gainy Village, found the doors locked Monday morning.

Tim Smith says he and the other 40 or so Cask 63 employees were given no notice that they were about to be without jobs. 

He says the restaurant appeared to be doing well, but a letter taped to the locked door says the landlord at the Shops at Gainy Village was taking possession of the property for defaults against the lease.

Smith, who suffered a heart attack seven weeks ago, says the stress of being unemployed at the time of year when the restaurant business slows down is the last thing he needs.

McKenna Guess and her boyfriend, Harold McCarty, both counted on Cask 63 for their paychecks.

They say because they had no notice of the restaurant's closing, they're left paying late fees for rent while struggling to pay other bills.  McCarty says it's an act of cowardice not letting employees know they were about to be without jobs.

Shannon Fox, who runs a clothing store called Kiss Me Kate directly across from the now empty space, says in the past five years a large number of tenants have vacated the shopping area on Scottsdale Road near Doubletree Ranch.  She says empty spaces are hard for those trying to keep their businesses going.

Records show that Ben Barone of the ADM Group, an architectural company, is the primary owner of Cask 63. 

Messages left at Barone's business and on his cell phone were not returned.