Published: Jan 11, 2013 7:37 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- A WINK News exclusive. Trouble in paradise for a Cape Coral restaurant. The city says KC's Riverstop is not paying rent. It's located at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. 

"I think that everybody in Cape Coral should be able to come to to afford to come to a place at the beach," said owner Betty Serrago.

Visit KC's Riverstop and you're met with a waterfront view, and owner Betty Serrago. "This is my baby. You feel like the little red hen. You built it, you made it. You just pray for a smile."

But times have been tough. The city tells WINK-TV the restaurant is late on rent payments, but will not tell us an exact amount.

Betty says she's doing all she can to keep the restaurant afloat. "We're here for 20 years we've never been late on rent, we are trying to catch up right now and we're putting one foot in front of the other," she said. She says she's put her heart and soul into the place and has managed to keep ten employees working.  "There are so many people in town struggling trying to make ends meet. its been a struggle," she said.

This year she says things are turning around. She'll appear before city council to talk about the restaurant and her employees' future. But she has the support of her loyal customers.

"As far as I'm concerned, it's a landmark out here," said customer Don Kuchar.  "Betty works from sun up to sundown for 20 years and she's fallen on some hard times and I hope that the city will be compassionate and understanding."

It was about three years ago the city raised the rent here  by triple, but they've able to stay open and keep their prices low.