More than $780,000 in liens against Yesteryears Restaurant from contractors and a mortgage company likely helped sound its death knell.
City records show owner Pam Frisch had attempted but failed to secure both a loan and grant money to pay for renovations already made to the 129 W. Market St. building in 2007.
The restaurant closed without notice Saturday evening. Frisch and her employees declined comment. Frisch's home telephone has been disconnected.
According to the Erie County Recorder's office, Yesteryears is saddled with five outstanding liens totaling $780,956.79. They include:
n DeLuca Plumbing of Huron, $27,993.18
n RCD Construction of Uniontown, $147,244.07 and $241,719.54
n Interbay Funding of Ft. Washington, Pa., $364,000
The fifth, a property lien from Bayview Loan Servicing of Coral Gables, Fla., did not list how much it required.
Frisch overhauled the building before the historic-themed restaurant opened Sept. 6, 2007. Frisch was renovating the upper floors of the building into a condominium and tried to sell her Perkins Township home in an unsuccessful essay contest.
Main Street Association director John Lippus said he encourages all business and property owners to take advantage of services before they start work on buildings. He said Frisch did "a beautiful job" on Yesteryears.
"I am very, very sorry and disappointed to see her go," Lippus said. "She had a wonderful restaurant. I think Pam's heart was in the right place. She only wanted to give back to her community."