BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) – The last of the Sammy’s Grill locations are closed after almost 33 years of service.
The restaurants had been battling a financial crisis for months after the owner could no longer pay rent or fill paychecks for employees. The restaurants in other locations were put on a temporary hiatus for several weeks, but ultimately they would close, leaving the Highland grill as the last operating restaurant.
Employees were notified Thursday that service would end Friday night at 10:00 p.m. But even with all the distress and financial burdens, the employees still reported to work one last time.
Randall Gremillion, the director of training at the restaurant, said she came in to show support for a boss that always showed compassion for his employees.
” People aren’t getting paid. I’m one of those people,” Gremillion said. “But people have always been treated right here. That’s why we’re here.”
Gremillion isn’t the only person reporting for work today. Her manager and several servers also came in to feed the influx of customers.
Suzanne Tragesser, another employee said she never planned on staying at the restaurant for long. She had a full-time job working in insurance. But after working at the grill for a couple of months, she said she couldn’t see herself leaving. Now, she wants the community to remember the legacy Sammy’s Grill will leave behind.
“Sammy has built an incredible thing. He’s such a good man,” Tragesser said.
The restaurant will stay open until 10:00 p.m. tonight. The staff will be selling keepsake T-shirts to customers that want them.