Staff Report

Clem’s, a familiar breakfast spot in downtown Rutland, has closed its doors.

The moved happened late last month, and owners of the downtown business declined to comment Monday. It is unclear why the business closed, and if it will reopen.

An employee reached at The Coffee Exchange on Monday said the owner was not ready to talk. The two businesses – Clem’s and The Coffee Exchange – have the same owner.

In 2011, both businesses closed under owner Geraldine Knox. But in 2012, Don Fleck, owner of DellVeneri’s Bakery, purchased all the equipment for both businesses for $45,000 during an auction, which was held to pay off creditors.

Shortly after the purchase, Fleck reopened the businesses with a lease in place from the owners of the Mead Building.

An attorney with Ryan Smith & Carbine who handles lease agreements for the Mead Building said that the lease is still in place with the owners of Clems and it is not up anytime soon.