The owner of a popular cafe in Polson, the Boardwalk, said the city is forcing her vacate the property and tear it down in 90 days.
“They didn’t give me an opportunity to speak. They didn’t even give me an opportunity to save my business. I was devastated for numerous reasons,” Tiesha Broussard told ABC FOX Montana reporter Jeremy Jenkins.
One of those reasons being financial strain Tiesha has been trying to sell her business now for three years since her husband’s passing. In that time she says she’s been trying to partner with the Parks and Recreation board and other Polson city staff to come up with a solution that will benefit not only the park, but to allow the community to enjoy the popular business that she and her children run. She says she doesn't understand why the city issued her a non-renewal notice for her business license and demanded that she tear down the property.
“It's profitable, they would be able to make some money off of the park through the boardwalk," she said. "They would be able to continue to provide the services that we provide to the community and my family can walk away from this nightmare.”
Broussard says she's made numerous calls to the city that weren’t returned. She disputes claims by the city that her restaurant was a liability, and responds that she holds a $1 million policy. She provided documents to ABC FOX indicating that her restaurant has had five positive health reviews from inspectors. Broussard also says the Boardwalk is well-reviewed on Trip Advisor and says that they've been contacted by HGTV to be featured on the TV network this year.
Below is a photo of a milkshake posted by the Boardwalk cafe:
"These new Milkshakes are INSANE! #polson #polsonrestaurants #dessertsinpolson"
We reached out to city officials and they responded that they are not commenting at this time. We’ll continue to provide more details as they become available.
Broussard spoke in front of the Polson City Commission on Jan. 17; click here to listen to audio of the meeting. She begins speaking at 1 minute 50 seconds.