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Hebrews Coffee, operated by Kevin Roy, center, recently was ordered to pay back rent and vacate its space in the French Quarter.
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Hebrews Coffee, operated by Kevin Roy, center, recently was ordered to pay back rent and vacate its space in the French Quarter.

Landlord wins lawsuit, forcing eviction of Hebrews Coffee

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The owner of the French Quarter shopping center in south Springfield recently won a lawsuit against tenant Hebrews Coffee.

A Sept. 18 judgment signed by Greene County Associate Circuit Court Judge Margaret Palmietto ordered Hebrews LLC to pay nearly $50,000 in back rent, late fees and court costs and vacate the space at 1604 E. Republic Road. Center Development LLC, the owner of French Quarter, filed the suit.

The operators of Hebrews LLC were given 10 days to file a motion to set aside the judgment. On Thursday, the eviction would go into effect, according to court documents.

Hebrews Coffee owner Kevin Roy, who started the coffee shop with his father of the same name, could not be reached for comment by deadline.

Stevie Rozean, a former Hebrews Coffee employee, said Kevin Roy’s mother, Jenny, was heavily involved in the day-to-day operations of the business until early this year, when she moved out of state.

“She made everything run smoothly,” Rozean said, noting at that time, “everything went downhill.”

Jenny Roy could not be reached for comment. Attempts to contact representatives of Center Development also were unsuccessful.

The phone number of Hebrews Coffee rings without answer, and the shop’s Facebook page has been shut down. A sign on the door yesterday said “closed.”

Hebrews LLC, according to court records, also has faced multiple lawsuits from the state related to tax liens in the past two years.

Public records gathered by Springfield Business Journal show an individual and business tax lien of $49,505 against Kevin Roy in April. Separately, Hebrews LLC faced a business tax lien of $9,078 around the beginning of March.

Hebrews Coffee opened in September 2008, according to SBJ archives. Churchill Coffee Co. previously operated in the space.

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Nick Carita

This makes me sad! I loved Hebrews, and it always seemed to be PACKED. I've wondered why they would run out of coffee to do pour overs with, merchandise was bare, etc.

I hope they're able to recover and start out somewhere else, though I'm sure, to get space, it's going to be a tough sell.

Good luck, Hebrews! Hope to see you again!

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