A friend of a cook at the Maplewood Steak ‘n Shake reported to 40 South that her friend the cook told her the restaurant could be closed “a couple of days, a week, two weeks, maybe even a month.”
She said her friend was told last Wednesday before she got off work that the Steak ‘n Shake would be closing on Friday to install new equipment and would reopen on Monday.
Then she was called at home on Friday, and her manager, “Steve,” told her that they didn’t know how long the closing would be. It could be a couple of days, a week, two weeks, maybe even a month, he didn’t know. She told him that she couldn’t go a month without a paycheck and she needed to know something. He told her he would see if there was an opening somewhere else and he would call her back.
He didn’t call back. She has called him repeatedly and he hasn’t returned her calls, her friend said.
The cook called a friend who works with her to see if she knew anything. Her friend hadn’t even received a call so she called Steve. Steve told her the same thing about the closing and that he was going to St. Peters to work, and thought that maybe other associates could work out there.
The cook also said the week before, when they went to work at 7 p.m. on Monday, a sign on the door said it was closed over-night for cleaning. The same sign appeared the next night. It was the first time she had seen this happen and wondered if there was a problem.