LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Curry House, a Japanese-American restaurant chain, suddenly shut down all of its California locations Monday, leaving dozens of workers without jobs and customers in mourning.
All of Southern California's locations of Curry House Japanese Curry & Spaghetti -- in Gardena, Torrance, Sawtelle, Little Tokyo, Monterey Park, City of Industry, and Cypress – found Monday to have closed without warning. Employees say they reported to work only to find their former workplaces locked up tight.
"As a former employee of Curry House, I'd like to thank all of the customers who supported us till today," Aeon wrote on Twitter. "Thank you for everything and the memories you created or had enjoying the food."
At some locations, like the one in Little Tokyo, fans of the restaurant began leaving flowers, candles and signs that read, "The Day Curry Died" and "RIP Curry House."
Curry House trended on Twitter Tuesday morning, thanks to a legions of fans lamenting the restaurants' closures.
Fans of the restaurants also wished the employees well.
A Curry House location in Northern California also appeared to have shut down the same day.
As of Tuesday, Curry House's website was down.
Several outlets initially reported the chain was owned by Food Management Partners TX, but the Texas-based firm issued a statement Tuesday afternoon clarifying its ties to Curry House: "Texas-based Food Management Partners does not, and has never, owned or operated the Curry House restaurant chain. We did provide some back-office functions like accounting and IT support, but we were in no way an investor in the brand."
One fan of the restaurant invited fans on Facebook to a memorial service at the Little Tokyo location on Saturday.
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