Mill Creek MetroParks reaches settlement with former cafe operators
YOUNGSTOWN — Mill Creek MetroParks has reached a settlement with a couple who sued the park district and claimed it terminated their contract to operate a cafe at Fellows Riverside Gardens in retaliation for their decision to speak out against the park’s executive director.
The initial complaint filed in U.S. District Court by Patricia Tinkler and Mitchell Lynch of Friends Roastery asked for $2.2 million, but the parties have yet to submit the details of the settlement to the court.
The park board terminated Friends’ lease about a year and a half before it was set to expire.
The move came after Tinkler and Lynch criticized what they called the “dramatic upheavals” that followed the appointment of Aaron Young as the park district’s executive director.
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