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Back Alley Waffles caused quite the stir earlier this week after owner Craig Nelsen blamed Groupon for his business going under, then declared he would sell his waffles for $450 by appointment only.

Now DCist reveals that Back Alley Waffles wasn’t even a legal business. Turns out the Shaw waffle shop never received the required basic business license or Certificate of Occupancy. On top of that, the D.C. Department of Health never inspected the converted art studio and sent a cease-and-desist letter three weeks ago after receiving a complaint.

“It was a long drawn out process, and we were going through the right steps to accomplish it,” Nelsen tells Y&H. “It’s true, we didn’t have the money or the time to just sit and wait for permits to come through.”

But Nelson claims his business was operating legally because it was making a “good faith effort” to get into compliance. He says that he never received a cease-and-desist letter from the D.C. Department of Health.

The waffle shop owner adds that he’s been surprised by all the national media attention his rant against Groupon has received over the last couple days and joked that he wanted to write a book called Failing Your Way to Fame.

He also says he’d like reopen the Back Alley Waffles someday. “We don’t have the money at this point,” he tells Y&H. “Unless you’re looking for an investment.”