LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A NuLou restaurant is closing its doors after nearly two years in business.
Everyday Kitchen announced on Facebook Wednesday its plan to permanently close. The restaurant, located on East Market Street, will be closed to the public on Friday. His last day will be Saturday for a private event.
Everyday Kitchen Café will also be closing its doors this week.
“We are extremely grateful to our team members who worked tirelessly to serve you great food and creative drinks,” Everyday Kitchen posted on Facebook.
The sudden closure shocked frequent patrons, but also employees, who said they were notified by their general manager on Tuesday, an hour before the doors opened.
“It was honestly incredibly upsetting,” said server Maddie Karcher. “It was scary.”
Everyday Kitchen is part of the Lodgic Everyday community. Overall, the parent company is a non-profit organization called Mooseheart.
According to the Mooseheart website, the nonprofit organization is “a child care facility located on a 1,000-acre campus 38 miles west of Chicago. Children’s City is a home for children and teenagers in need, from early childhood to high school.”
Workers at the restaurant said Mooseheart finances the restaurant, but the restaurant’s profits go back to Mooseheart. Officials said all they know is that Mooseheart has decided to withdraw its funding.
“I really don’t get it,” Karcher said. “I’m sure it has something to do with the profits at the end of the day, but we weren’t really given that information.”
“I don’t know what’s going on with them or not, but it makes us feel like we’ve been kicked to the curb a little bit,” said bar manager Maggie Luckett.
While employees were notified Tuesday of the closing, some employees received a formal termination letter Wednesday.
“We had $20,000 worth of events in the next month that they canceled, there was a wedding party that had been planned since February that they canceled,” Kercher said. “It just begs the question, why couldn’t they hang in there for another month, give the workers time, give everyone the last bit of change over the holidays before moving on.”
Luckett said the lack of notice of the closing goes against the nonprofit’s mission to support single mothers and children.
“I have two kids and a life and that was my initial thought, how am I going to support myself? How will all the staff support themselves,” Luckett said.
“I immediately thought of all the employees here that have families that have children, young children that, they’re not going to see the same Christmas, you know, there may not be a Christmas,” Karcher said. “They may have housing insecurity. They are food insecure. We don’t know what’s going to happen because it’s so hard to get rehired in the service industry during the holiday period.”
Everyday Kitchen officials said Mooseheart will also close its Lodgic Kids camp, co-working space and event venue at a later date.
The entities of Lodgic Everyday Community lease their space in the office building on East Market Street.
Everyday Kitchen in Champaign, Ill., also announced its closing on Facebook Wednesday.
Everyday Kitchen in Madison, Wis., said in a comment on a Facebook post that it remains open for business.
WDRB News reached out to Mooseheart for comment, but did not hear back.
Luckett and Karcher said in the restaurant’s final days that they just wanted customers to stop by and show their support.
“Just come out and support us over the next few days and if you can, support all your local industry people too because it happens more often than not,” Luckett said.
Officials said some full-time workers would receive severance pay, while other full-time workers failed to qualify for severance pay by three weeks. The workers said the part-time employees would not receive any compensation.
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