Cornwall Scores closes; dozens jobless

The Scores Chicken & Ribs sign in darkness on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 at the Brookdale Center in Cornwall, Ont. after the restaurant abruptly shut down. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Nearly six years after it opened, a Quebec-based chicken and rib restaurant has abruptly closed its doors in Cornwall.

Scores Chicken & Ribs in the Brookdale Center shut its doors without warning on Monday night, putting dozens of people out of work.

A sign in the window today says “To our local customers over the last 6 years. Thank you. Rob + Steph.”

A sign in the window of Scores in the Brookdale Center on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 tells potential customers about the closure. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

The owners were Robert Cardinal, previous owner of Sub Place on Pitt Street, and Stephane April.

It’s not known why the restaurant closed. A phone call to Scores director of operations early Tuesday morning was not returned.

The number of people laid off wasn’t available, though a job fair ad in October 2013 cited the restaurant had 90 positions to fill, both full- and part-time.

The 6,000 square foot restaurant with seating for 200 opened in December 2013.

The Scores brand is part of the franchiser MTY Food Group in Saint-Laurent, Que., which has other names like the Sushi Shop, Au Vieux Duluth, Baton Rouge and Mr. Sub.

When Scores opened its 44th restaurant in Cornwall in 2013 it was owned by Imvescor Restaurant Group. Imvescor was bought by MTY in December 2017 in a $248 million cash-and-stock deal to create a company with 5,700 stores and 75 brands.

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