Monday, April 17, 2017

A Golden Corral restaurant closes while under state probe

Half of the Golden Corral restaurant chain's New York State locations are in the Greater Capital Region, but they apparently are not involved in  a lawsuit and surprising closure of the Poughkeepsie venue.

That franchise, which opened less than two months ago, is under investigation by the New York State Department of Labor after former employees at the restaurant filed complaints saying the franchise owner failed to pay multiple employees. It quickly closed in a move described as “unprecedented” by Bill Marks, a spokesman for the Golden Corral corporation. He added, “Golden Corral has never had a restaurant close so quickly after opening.”

Franchise owner Sherrance Henderson initially declined to comment, but later sent a text to the Poughkeepsie Journal that put a different twist on the situation, saying: “I would’ve continued providing employment opportunities and going through my growing pains to be the best buffet in the area if I was afforded the opportunity by Golden Corral. As a result of Golden Corral terminating my license agreement, I was not able to continue the employment and other opportunities that were afforded by the revenue of the store.”

The Journal interviewed several former employees who said they had not been paid in several weeks and, consequently, filed complaints with the state.

In the Greater Capital Region, Golden Corral has locations at 1901 Central Avenue in Colonie; 15 Old Glick Road in Saratoga Springs, and 75 Quaker Road in Queensbury.

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