MOUNT VERNON — It is customary for Ryan’s to close its restaurant with next to no warning for its employees, as it did with its Mount Vernon restaurant on Tuesday, according to the communications firm Kekst and Co., which provides strategic communications for corporations.
“We generally do not provide advance notice to our employees that a restaurant is about to close,” said Melissa Sheer, managing director of Kekst and Co. “In this instance, we did notify our employees the morning of the closure.”
Sheer could not provide an exact number of employees who are now without jobs, but said a typical Ryan’s Restaurant would employee 35 to 45 people.
When asked why the restaurant was closed, Sheer did not mention any financial or sales reasons, she only stated, “The lease was expiring and we needed to clean and vacate the premises prior to turning the property over to the landlord.”
She did confirm that managers and crew members will be provided with a severance package based on their title and how long they had been with the restaurant.