Mike Creekmur, area director of the Murray Ryan’s Steakhouse, told employees at 8 a.m. the restaurant was closed effective Wednesday morning.
Creekmur said the community could not support the restaurant and the restaurant could not support the community.
Steven Hurt, senior from Louisville, Ky., said he attended the meeting Wednesday morning where Creermur informed employees the restaurant would no longer be in operation.
He said a severance package would be available for employees who had been with the restaurant for more than 90 days.
“Employees were crying, managers we’re crying; we’re all out of a job,” Hurt said. “He asked for volunteers today to help clean up the store and completely shut it down today.”
Hurt said he is now unemployed.
“It sucks,” Hurt said. “We had no notice.”