LIBERTY, Ohio (WKBN) — Youngstown Rodeway Inn owner Indira Periyasamy announced to patrons and employees early Friday morning she is closing her hotel because of a fire that broke out at the hotel Monday afternoon.
Periyasamy arrived at the hotel around 1 a.m. Friday morning and told everyone inside to be out by 9 a.m. She also turned in her operating license and her liquor license to the Ohio State Department of Commerce.
Workers say they have not been paid in full, or have been paid only in cash.
“I have worked up to 84 hours a week for almost six months doing everything in this building for her. I have run this hotel for her and now she is not even giving me my paycheck,” said front desk manager Sharon Ritter.
Guests who paid in advance said they are not getting a refund. One guest said Periyasamy owes her $500 after she kicked them out of the hotel.
When asked why she was closing the hotel, Periyasamy said, “Because of the fire.” She did not respond to an inquiry about the payment of her employees, slamming the door in the face of a reporter.
A fire marshal is investigating the cause of Monday’s fire, which broke out in the hotel’s laundry room about 4 p.m. Liberty firefighters said the fire was contained to a dryer, but there was smoke damage on other floors. Preliminary damage was estimated at $5,000.
The Metroplex now operates as a Rodeway Inn. The owner put the business up for sale through an online auction in November, but it was never sold because the minimum asking price was not met.
Also closed is Goodies Restaurant, which means 20 employees are out of work.
Restaurant owner Roy Hanna said he did not get everything of his out of the building, including food. He said the next time he sees Periysamy, it will probably be in court.