Brotha Dudes abruptly closed its downtown and Northwest Avenue locations earlier this month.
Citing slow sales over the summer, owner Julius Stoker said in a video posted to a GoFundMe account that they started falling behind on tax payments, prompting the closure.
“We have learned a difficult life lesson and the consequences of growing too fast, entering into hard money loans and not having financial backing,” according to a written post accompanying the video on the GoFundMe page.
After the closure announcement on Facebook Oct. 7, Brotha Dudes received many comments of support, prompting a GoFundMe account. The focus of the GoFundMe account is to raise money to pay its employees a final paycheck, but if enough is raised they might be able to reopen one or both restaurants, Stoker said in the video.
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According to tax warrant documents filed earlier this year in Whatcom County Superior Court, Brotha Dudes owes a little more than $11,000 to state agencies.
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