Ric's Cafe, the longtime modestly upscale eatery in River Center, is out of business after the landlord locked the doors and seized the property.

  Don Baker of Baker-Larsen, which owns the foothills shopping center, said Ric's owner Jack Ahern was in arrears on the rent.

In a recorded message on the business's phone, Ahern said he would continue catering but was closing Ric's "due to construction" at River Center. The plaza has been a buzz of construction for the past six months with a new Whole Foods market, a grocery store that replaces the long-gone markets that once anchored the plaza.

Ric's had been open at River Center since the late 1990s. Ahern had owned it the past 11 years.

 See the full story in Thursday's Star.