Watertown's Ruby Tuesday ClosesPosted: Updated:
Some employees told 7 News that it was only through a sign on the door of Ruby Tuesday and through the social media grapevine, that they found out they were out of work.
"I worked a double from 11 to about 9 and nobody said anything," said Haley Denner, who was a hostess at Ruby Tuesday.
Denner said she thought she was scheduled to work another shift at the restaurant. That was until she heard through a friend that the business was closed.
She went in to work to see for herself, where she was greeted by the sign.
"It's just ridiculous that they wouldn't tell the employees and that they would just stick a sign up on the door and wait for us to find it out," she said.
Customers were also caught off guard. During about a 20 minute period Monday afternoon, half a dozen or so walked inside just to be turned away.
One customer said the closure of Ruby Tuesday is a loss, because it takes away from the number of affordable places to eat in the area.
"I mean, there's not really a lot of places, there are, but there's not. It's either expensive or real cheap, there's nothing in between," said Jaclyn Reynolds, customer.
The regional director of operations for Ruby Tuesday said the restaurant was closed for business and that it's an unfortunate situation.
We were told to contact another representative for the business for more information but have not heard back from them.
We haven't confirmed how many employees the Watertown Ruby Tuesday had. However, when other locations have closed, reporters have been told there were between 40 and 50 employees.
At least one other Ruby Tuesday closed at the end of business on Sunday. There are also unconfirmed reports that dozens of other locations have closed across the country.