LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ramsi’s Cafe on the World, which has served international fare for nearly three decades at its Highland establishment on Bardstown Road and opened a second location in Norton Commons this summer, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Owner Ramsi Kamar filed the case Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, according to court records online.
Kamar has stated assets estimated between $ 0 and $ 50,000 and liabilities estimated between $ 500,000 and $ 1 million on the file.
Creditors for the restaurant who owe money, according to the record, include the Internal Revenue Service, Aramark, the Kentucky Department of Revenue and the Louisville Department of Finance as well as the US Small Business Administration and Corporation Service Company.
Filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy doesn’t mean Ramsi is necessarily out of breath, as Chapter 11 allows a company to restructure its debts and pay them off over time.
“We’re a little busy with the holiday weekend but we’ll get in touch with you next week,” the restaurant management told the Courier Journal in a message on Saturday.
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The original location of Ramsi’s Cafe on the World opened at 1293 Bardstown Road in 1994, serving a menu filled with dishes from around the world. Objects from all over the world also decorate the restaurant, in another tribute to its name.
The menu features items such as chilaquiles and poblano quesadillas, chipotle queso, Old World hummus, Spanish paella, and Egyptian falafels.
The staff are also from different parts of the world: Sudan, Syria, Cuba, Mexico, Senegal, Ethiopia and The Gambia, to name a few.
Kamar previously told the Courier Journal that it was his “definition of success” that his staff look like “everyone in America.”
Earlier this summer, a second Ramsi’s Cafe on the World restaurant opened in the former Verbena Cafe restaurant space at 10639 Meeting St. in Norton Commons. The Highland location had also closed for a kitchen remodel.
When announcing the plan for the second location late last year, Kamar said he had managed to keep the original Bardstown Road location open during the pandemic, but with things so difficult for restaurants he “had no choice but to look for an additional restaurant in another area.”
This story has been updated.
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