Published on October 13th, 2015 |1
Leigh Catherall seeks investors to reopen Here to Serve Restaurants
company’s restaurants, but it is not financially feasible to reopen at this time.
Leigh Catherall told WXIA Friday she did everything she could to keep the businesses going, but that things have been difficult after becoming owner following the couple’s divorce.
“What I inherited was a very challenged business,” she told WXIA. “I don’t want to get into the details of that because it’s not appropriate, but the fact of the matter is it was a very challenged business. But, I agreed to take it over because I believed in it.”
Catherall said she has done what she could to get the group’s 650 employees paid. (Earlier estimates by employees had the company’s number of employees at about 1,000.)
“I have one personal asset which I have put on the table to make sure that the last pay period was paid for my staff,” she told WXIA’s Donna Lowry. “I’ve done what I possibly could to protect them and get them paid. I got them paid and I’m proud of that. In this business, it’s very unusual to have tenured staff. I have staff members that have been with me 20, 10, 8 years. “
The company distributed checks over several days after the scheduled Oct. 2 payday.
At least 75 people filed a lawsuit shortly after the closings. Attorney Gary R. Kessler, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the workers, said the intent is “to make sure these people are paid what they are entitled to.”
The lawsuit is expected to move forward because employees were not given 60 days notice the restaurants would close, WXIA reported.
Click here to view WXIA’s report and an interview with Leigh Catherall.