George Street restaurant ‘didn’t take with the market,’ owner says
Mexicali Rosa’s on George Street in St. John’s has closed. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
About a dozen Mexicali Rosa’s employees are out of work after the restaurant closed its doors Wednesday.
Franchise owner Matthew You-den of Moncton, N.B., — who reopened the George Street restaurant late last year, after taking over the shuttered location from previous management — said the location never got the business it needed in the downtown to stay open.
“We’re not quite sure (why),” said Youden. “We reopened the store and cleaned it up, and it just didn’t take with the market, and that’s pretty much the gist of it.”
Between 12 and 15 people work at the location. Youden said staff were notified Wednesday by the general manager. Asked if employees would be given severance or help to find new employment, Youden said they’re still working that out.
“It’s still very early, to be honest with you. And we want to make sure, we obviously would love to see all of our staff in new jobs and taken care of,” said Youden. “We very much want to do our best to help them out, but obviously for me to comment on that, I’m not able to.”
Youden said it’s a “difficult day” for the restaurant.
“It’s a tough thing to have to do, but unfortunately sometimes there’s just no other choice,” he said.