Lexington police are investigating a possible theft of at least $32,000 in equipment from The Coach House on South Broadway.
Ben Levy, one of the owners of the property, said the restaurant has been closed since its operators Karen and Nasser Zamareh closed early on Wednesday.
Levy said the operators closed the restaurant about 10 p.m., instead of the normal closing time between 1 and 2:30 a.m., because they were tired. He said they sent all of the restaurant's employees home.
An employee called Levy Thursday morning to report that the restaurant at 855 South Broadway was closed and several thousand dollars' worth of equipment was gone.
At least $32,000 in equipment was reported missing, according to a Lexington police report filed Friday. Levy said some clothes stored at the restaurant by an employee were also stolen. He said the estimated value of the items taken might be closer to $50,000.
“We're obviously very upset,” said Levy, who is now selling or leasing the property with Post Road Partners LLC.
The Zamarehs have operated the restaurant since around Derby Day, Levy said. They could not be reached for comment.
Levy said he and his partners had “been quietly marketing the property for about the past week and a half,” because of concerns about the restaurant's viability.