Glenn's Creek Beer Exchange closed; owners file claim after partner's federal conviction

jmadden@herald-leader.comMay 16, 2014 

Glenn's Creek Beer Exchange, a restaurant nestled on the corner of East High Street and Euclid Avenue, has closed.

Glenn's Creek, also known as GCB, had been in the former spot for Buddy's Grille for nearly two years.

It is unclear how long the East High Street restaurant has been closed, but mail can be seen on the floor inside. An available sign is hanging from the top of the building with contact information for management. Another sign tells employees to enter through the back.

Officials with the restaurant could not be reached. No details have been posted on the restaurant's social media pages, and the website is no longer up and running.

The beer exchange, 854 High Street, is the second restaurant to close under the Glenn's Creek Brewery Union. Glenn's Creek Brewer's Union on McCracken Pike in Woodford County closed last summer.

The Lexington and Woodford restaurants had multiple owners, including Seth Johnston, who in October pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud, one count of wire fraud, conspiracy to obstruct justice, conspiracy to distribute synthetic marijuana and tax fraud. Johnston agreed to forfeit his interest in both restaurants, according to Kyle Edelen, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office, and there are "third parties who have filed claims stating they have an interest in these properties." Edelen said those interests "will be litigated as part of an ancillary proceeding in the criminal matter."

Johnston, who helped collect a judgment for victims sickened by the diet drug fen-phen, had been the focus of a federal investigation into his financial holdings. The attorney had been jailed on criminal charges involving synthetic marijuana, the catalyst for the federal investigation into his finances.

Other items forfeited are a diamond engagement ring, two vehicles and a horse, Woodland Dream, and its foal.

Johnston is scheduled to be sentenced July 21.

Justin Madden: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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