NJ Chain Restaurant Closes Suddenly
Don Pablo's Mexican Restaurant is no more. The very last location in the country, in Deptford, NJ (near the Deptford Mall), locked its doors for good on Sunday night, without notice.
NJ.com says workers were shocked when corporate officials came to the restaurant, without warning, and told them it was their last night.
Elizabeth Jarvis, a waitress at Don Pablo's, told NJ.com that the restaurant managers had told the staff a few months ago that they weren't in danger of losing their jobs, because the restaurant was staying open. Now, about 40 people are unemployed.
They're already being scouted by another area restaurant. According to 42freeway.com, the Uno's nearby posted on social media, that the abandoned employees should go apply for new jobs there.
The Wall Street Journal said Don Pablo's problems began when more “fast casual” Mexican restaurants started opening like Moe’s and Chipotle. Plus, other casual restaurants like Applebee’s, Chili’s, and TGI Fridays are serving more mexican food.
The end of an era, for sure. I hope all the employees find new jobs quickly.