Barely more than a month after the sudden death of its owner, pet advocate and entrepreneur Scott Sellman, Foothill Ranch restaurant Milo's Café has shut its doors.
"Due to extraneous circumstances, we are temporarily closed," reads a sign posted on the dog-friendly eatery's front door dated July 18.
Addressed to the cafe's "loyal customers," the note thanks them for their patronage and support. It is signed by Sellman's widow, Grace Cedeno, who took control of the restaurant's operations after Sellman suffered a heart attack.
Immediately after his death, . She also has said, however, that the long-term success of the restaurant would depend heavily on the support of the community.
Cedeno said closing the cafe will allow her time to properly mourn her husband.
"I just need some time to heal," she wrote in an e-mail. "I plan to reopen Milo's," she said, "I just don't have an exact date."
Calling it "the most difficult time of my life," Cedeno said she hopes the restaurant's customers understand her decision.
Since the cafe it has hosted numerous events in support of local pet advocacy groups, such as a .
Even after Sellman's death, his wife honored his previous commitments, .
Early this month, nearly 1,000 people held in honor of Sellman.