Avalon suspends operations due to 'unforeseen circumstances'

Avalon suspends operations due to 'unforeseen circumstances'

Avalon suspends operations due to 'unforeseen circumstances'

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 2, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 2 at 3:26 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Avalon restaurant closed its doors officially Monday. A note on the door said it's due to "unforeseen circumstances." It comes almost a week after the Kentucky Derby Museum ended its contract with the owner's other business Clements Catering.

WHAS11 was there as employees packed up their boxes and were escorted out. Some employees are speaking out but they wanted their identity concealed.

"I'm wondering how I am going to pay my bills and am I ever gonna see the money I worked for," says one former employee.

These former Clements Catering employees say they are in dark as to why the businesses were suddenly closed. They say they were left high and dry without jobs. Some had been with the company for more than 8 years.

"We have already been off work for a week and a half  and I have two kids. One that's getting ready to go to college. I have to start paying $600 a month. Now I don't have a job," says a former employee.

They are concerned they won't get their final paycheck. And the closing of Avalon makes their situation even worse.

Employees of Clements Catering were told to come to Avalon Tuesday to pick up their paycheck from the last two weeks then word started getting around that this place was closed as well.

The employees are being told that the checks will be mailed to them. But some doubt that will ever happen.

"I am just worried we will never see the money that is due to us and with it being a holiday, like he said, it could be Friday. "

Clements did not return our requests for an interview. No word on when or if Avalon will reopen.

 

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