Charleston, W.Va. -- The Kanawha City Café Creperi located at 4002 MacCorkle Ave. has closed and is up for lease.After operating the café briefly, Rami Khoury closed the café's doors.Khoury purchased the café from Manoli and Aoleen Stavrulakis in March 2011. He told the Gazette it had been a dream of his for three years. Food was a hobby."We do have a couple of people looking at the café," said Marlein Habash, the listing agent. "It's a nice one; it's ready for work."
When Khoury, a Jerusalem native, took over operations at Café Creperi, which opened in 2007, he added Middle Eastern items to the menu including babaganoush, hummus and falafel."When we sold [Khoury] the place, we liked him because he was going to work with his wife," Manoli Stavrulakis said. "Another family business. That's why we sold it at such a good price."Kanawha City Café Creperi was Khoury's first attempt at running his own business.Habash said the café is still equipped with all the kitchen appliances. She hopes to lease the place as soon as possible."The owner has family problems and had to quit," Habash said.Khoury could not be reached for comment.Stavrulakis is disappointed for his former customers about the closure."That place was really good to us," he said.According to the West Virginia Secretary of State's website, Khoury failed to file his annual report and pay the annual business fee due Oct. 31, 2013.For more information on the café space, call Habash at 304-610-4523.Reach Caitlin Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-5113.