UPDATE: Mullins Restaurant doors closed, staff sent home unexpectedly

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- When employees arrived at Mullins for the morning shift Tuesday restaurant operator Nesha Sine sent them home and locked the doors on the historic Huntsville gathering spot.

The restaurant operation and the building itself are managed by separate owners. According to building owners this closing came as a shock to them as well.

"The new owners of the property are unable to comment at what the future of the property is," building owner Bill Johnston III said. "This was all dropped on the owners of the building the same time her employees found out this week," Johnston added.

Mullins was opened in 1978 in Five Points by former owners Larry and Brenda Mullins. But they retired and sold the business last year. The building was sold to a group of investors including Johnston in 2014.

The Mullins family put out a statement late Tuesday night saying “Larry and Brenda Mullins sold Mullins Restaurant, the business, the land and the building August 1, 2014 to Bill Johnston III and his investors. At that time he leased the business to Nesha Sine who became the operating owner”

Employees tell us the future of the restaurant is unclear and the current operator has filed for bankruptcy. WHNT News 19 could not find any court documents to support the claims Sine has filed for bankruptcy and repeated attempts to reach her have not been answered.