WARREN, R.I. (WPRI) — A family restaurant in Warren managed by a long-time Rhode Island restaurant company abruptly closed its doors Monday morning.
Employees showed up Monday morning to the Country Inn on Market Street to find a sign on the front door reading, “This restaurant has closed; thank you for your years of patronage.” The workers said they haven’t heard from ownership or management about why or how the restaurant shut its doors so suddenly.
NEW: Employees at Country Inn Restaurant in Warren showed up this morning to see this sign on door. Suddenly closed. They say they haven’t heard from ownership as to why. Working to learn more. @wpri12 pic.twitter.com/74jJHnSpt9— Eric Halperin- WPRI (@EricHalperinTV) November 12, 2018
The Country Inn on Market Street was among properties managed by The Jan Companies of Cranston, which dates back to 1969 in Rhode Island as the first holder of a Burger King franchise. In 2001, the company acquired regional diner-and-milkshake chain Newport Creamery, and the company now owns and manages locations for multiple franchises, including Burger King, Krispy Kreme, and Popeye’s.
As of midday Monday, the restaurant’s web address went to a holding page for a web design company, and its phone number was busy. The Jan Companies’ website still listed Country Inn among its holdings.
If you have a gift card to Country Inn, the company says to call the corporate office at (401) 946-4000.
As for employees of the Country Inn, Skyline at Waterplace in downtown Providence announced it’s hiring all positions and will be holding a job fair at 1 Finance Way from 3-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14.