Mellow Mushroom employees without jobs ahead of the holidays

NBC Local 33

“I can’t see how this place would be shut down.”
“For it to be shut down without a notice, honestly it’s heartbreaking.”

Mellow Mushroom employees say, they were fired and left to find new jobs ahead of the holidays.

“Knowing that he obviously didn’t care about, number one, the first coming up so all of our rent and bills are due and also, the holidays as well” said Taylor Sauce, former Mellow Mushroom employee.

Monday morning, the popular pizza chain’s only Baton Rouge location closed after 19 years. An email sent to employees said, the closure was due to slow business.

“I didn’t think we were that slow because we had catering orders, we had exchanges and we had parties.”

Employees admit some days were slower than usual saying, the short notice closing puts a strain on their finances

“I still have a family you know that I want to buy gifts for and stuff. I got to pay rent, buy food for myself. It’s now I have to go find another job immediately, it’s terrible” said Patrick Winkeljohn, former Mellow Mushroom employee.

Signs on the doors greeted people stopping by to have lunch. Third party delivery services who had paid pickups were also unaware of the closure.

“Came to pick it up so I can go deliver it and I got here and it was closed” said, Mercedas Lamar, Postmates employee.

Taylor Sauce said, although she’s saddened by the news, she’s already planning to move forward.

“We have other people coming to us like hey, we know this sucks, we can try to accommodate you, send us your resume and stuff like that. But, it’s just different because it was like a family to us, we were all so close knit and not having a notice and just showing up to that was hard.”

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