Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Karamela...We Have a Problem

The 1200 block of South Michigan was oh so close to having 100% occupancy of the ground level retail space with the recent opening of Bottle & Botega and the impending opening of the UPS Store, Accents by A'ni and Karamela.

Unfortunately, it looks like we're going to have to wait a little longer to hit this goal.  Yesterday we got an email from a perceptive reader who found a peculiar posting on the Facebook page for Karamela (1250 S. Michigan):
Cafe Karamela Saturday via mobile
So the owner of Cafe Karamela decided to leave the amazing people he hired behind, with no explanation and disappears. For amazing baked goods and crepes, you can contact Krys Palomita Marie via Facebook. Don't forget to like the Painted Lady Bakery Emporium Facebook page!

So we reached out to Krys and got a confirmation from her that this was indeed true.  Pretty mysterious and unfortunate if you ask us.

The place has been ready to go for awhile now, so it was strange that it was taking this long to open its door.  Does anyone have the scoop?

(Hat tip: AS!)


KG said...

This is very particular, I actually walk by daily and have seen numerous things changed/moved inside... in fact just yesterday there was a bunch of new (very large) pottery sitting just inside in front of the counters.

Cherise said...

Who was operating the company's Facebook page? That's confusing.

Josh said...

Confusing. Here's what I found:

1. Their business license was issued on 6/29. The officers are listed as: ANGELA METROU MANAGING MEMBER

2. The woman who made the fb post is named Krys Palomita Marie. This is her foursquare page: She is listed as "mayor" of Karamela. Note that she refers to herself as an "elephant wrangler" and "tattoo artist."

3. The fb post directs readers to look at the painted lady bakery emporium on fb, It has pictures of elephants; I'd surmise that Ms. Palomita is an independent baker that took a job at Karamela.

4. This is her LinkedIn: , confirming the above.

5. Continuing to dig, on her fb page there is a photo of her licenture as a foodservice manager. Her real name is Krystin Fuller:

I'm looking for connections between her and the names in #1. So far no luck.

Chris said...

The owner of the property who's worrying about the lease is probably the best possible source of info here

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Anonymous said...

They couldn't pay the rent Spiro picoulas and Angela mitrou convicted of fraud