A BRIDE-TO-BE is among staff members left jobless after a restaurant closed its doors without warning.
Waitress Kirsty Smith worked at The Gallery Bar and Kitchen in Eastgate Row for five months until it shut unexpectedly on January 7 after staff had been told to take time off following the busy Christmas period.
Kirsty, 25, from Sandy Lane, Saltney, is marrying part-time primary school teacher Phillip Whittaker in March but now the couple are worried how they will afford everything.
Kirsty, who believes she is owed a week’s pay and about four months’ worth of tips, said: “I’m really angry. I don’t know how someone can do that to people.”
With the wedding only 10 weeks away, Kirsty, who had worked full time, said £3,000-4,000 was owed on the dress, the photographer, the venue and the entertainment.
“We don’t want to be worrying about where we are going to get the money from,” added Kirsty, whose brother Christopher, from Lache, also lost his job as a chef with The Gallery but has managed to find a new job.
Kirsty, who may have to take out a loan, is busy trying to find work herself and has had one interview but the job doesn’t start until March. She says a friend and colleague left high and dry has had to move back in with his mum in Wales because he can’t afford his rent.
A message posted by what appears to be a disgruntled former employee on The Gallery’s website apologises for the inconvenience to customers and explains that Living Social vouchers outstanding can be refunded by calling Living Social.
It states: “It is with sadness and deep regret that I have to inform you that as of January 7 we have ceased trading.”