The Arlington Country Club in Madison County closed its main building on Sunday, where there is a restaurant.
Employees at Arlington Country Club say they were surprised on Friday when they were told the dining services would shut down over the weekend.
EKU Foundation members tell us the dining services were operated by The Arlington Association.
"I think it's cruel. I think it's discourteous to let 30 people go with out notice...any bye or leave or anything," said Scott Brown, former Arlington employee.
"Just blind-sided 30 some odd people and about 600 members," said another former employee, Nancy Lapoint.
The EKU Foundation owns the building and the land. A foundation member tells NEWSFIRST the decision to shut down clubhouse dining was strictly financial, but definitely a difficult decision. That same foundation member says although the closure is a great disappointment, they felt the notification to employees was timely, and should not have been a surprise.
Laid off employees say they are sad to see their jobs, and the atmosphere the clubhouse brings to its members, go.
"It's sad. For a lot of them, they're older, and this is their only trip during the week," said Kristie Hager.
The foundation says a catering company will take over operations for the time being for any private functions held at Arlington.
Members with the EKU foundation say they hope to get the clubhouse restaurant back up and running in the spring. At that time, however, they would still be using catering services.
Some of the employees we spoke with today walked out of the building with an application for the catering company.
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