Employees at Ryan's restaurant were notified on Wednesday morning that they no longer have jobs.
Ryan's has been at the Stephenson Avenue location for more than 25 years. Workers removed the sign off of the restaurant on Wednesday morning.
Steven Sherman said, "They expressed their condolences, but it was fairly short and sweet. Everyone's kind of busted up about it, but there were no tears in the crowd."
Gary Spencer said, "We know how the economy is and things happen. We just have to pull up and trust God."
Buffets Inc., the Minnesota-based parent company of Ryan's, said in a statement that the restaurant was underperforming. The company is conducting ongoing reviews of underperforming restaurants, as part of the original Chapter 11 bankrutpcy process, according to a Buffets Inc. spokeswoman.
About 40 workers are being encouraged to apply for jobs at other nearby locations such as Statesboro.
Workers who have been there for at least 90 days will receive a severance package. Benefits will continue until July 1.
Managers will likely be moved to other positions within the company. Employees said they believe another restaurant will move into the building.
Customers were just as surprised as workers to hear the news about the restaurant's closing.
WTOC will have more details on this developing story on THE News.