MIDDLESBORO — A 27-year-old Middlesboro restaurant will be closing its doors for good on Wednesday, unfortunate news for local diners and devestating news to employees, who were given only two to three days notice.
According to Johnny Jones, District Representative, Captain D’s is closing for good.
The company reports that they’re shutting their doors because of poor sales.
“We’ve been there for 27 years and hate that we are closing,” said Jones.
The 13 employees at the restaurant are entering a distressed job market at an inopportune time— one day prior to Thanksgiving.
Jones stated that the employees will be given severance pay.
Jones justified the short notice for the employees by saying that longer notices complicate business operations.
“Things show up missing and people stop showing up for work,” said Jones.
The Captain D’s building was recently sold.
Attempts to contact previous owner Harold Moore were unsuccessful.
According to the records office, the deed on the building has not been updated because of how quickly the exchange occurred, so the identity of the new owner remains unknown at this time.
Anthony Cloud is a staff writer for the Middlesboro Daily News. He can be contacted via e-mail at email@example.com.