DRUMS, Pa. -- In mid-April, Theodora's' Restaurant closed it's doors, all while wedding and Easter reservations were still on the books.
An anonymous source tells the Hazleton Headlines that the owner of the property where the former eatery had operated out of, Lori van Hoekelen, terminated the lease after finding out that drugs were being dealt inside by the chef, Drew Wandishin.
However, two stories are going around from both sides on why Theodora's closed.
Initially in April, Lori told the media that the lease between Theodora's and V H Real Estate was terminated. Also that future plans for the facility were undetermined and when or if any plans are determined they'd announce it.
But the official Facebook page for Theodora's posted that Chef Drew closed the restaurant himself.
As for the narrative that drugs are the reason Theodora's closed, it needs to be taken with a grain of salt, as the reports have yet to be confirmed true or false.
When we talked with acquaintances and former staff of Chef Drew's, they told us that he's tackled drug problems in the past, which had mainly involved cocaine use.
At the time, it was also rumored that Chef Drew's former employer, Top of the 80's, let him go for the same reason that's being rumored right now.
We reached out to both Lori and Chef Drew for comments.
As of this writing neither, neither of them responded with a statement.
The Hazleton Headlines, nor myself, is attacking or siding with the unconfirmed rumours discussed in his article. We're simply reporting on something that may or may not be true, while also stretching that the rumor wasn't confirmed to be true or not true. It'd be irresponsible of us to just accept the narrative being told by the two sides, without bringing attention to what might've happened instead. The Hazleton Headlines, nor myself, published this article with the intents of damaging the reputations of those written about. The Hazleton Headlines, and myself, are responsible for holding everyone accountable, even in cases when we'd rather just believe what we're told to believe.