Even abrupt closures leave room for compassionate layoffs

Aphone call, an e-mail or just a curt sign on the locked front door when they showed up for work was how hundreds of Bennigan’s Grill & Tavern and Steak and Ale employees learned they were out of a job when the long-time brand owner went bankrupt late last month.

Though shocked by Plano, Texas-based S&A Restaurant Corp.’s sudden closure of about 200 company-owned units, industry

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