CROMWELL, CT (WFSB) -- A Cromwell hotel is closed and a sign on the door says business sales have been suspended.
The sign posted on the door by the Department of Revenue Services at the Red Lion Hotel was dated Jan. 10, saying its Sales and Use Tax Permit was suspended.
It is unclear what prompted the suspension.
Employees said investigators walked through the front door around 9 a.m. on Friday saying all guests, about 100 of them, needed to leave immediately and that they were shutting down the hotel.
On Friday, guests were surprised to see the notice on the hotel doors.
"I was freaked out sort of freaked out," Tammy Adams said Friday. "We just drove around the building and we knew something was wrong."
Joshua Krusewski's heart sank when he found out what happened. He's the executive director of the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association, an organization that has a party coming up in a few days at Red Lion hotel for 300 people.
"That uncertainty, we can’t wait around. We have to be proactive and make a move," he said Friday.
Workers also said that the hotel and restaurant have more than 50 employees and they were all completely blindsided when the shutdown happened. Also, some are worried they won’t get paid because their last pay check only went through Saturday.
A few employees also said it’s unclear when or if the hotel will reopen.
On Monday, town officials explained what they're doing to help those employees who are without a job right now.
"We're working with the Chamber of Commerce and also with the Department of Labor to see if we can put on a job fair here at the town hall for those employees that lost their positions," said Town Manager Anthony Salvatore.
The owners this hotel have financial issues that go beyond just this sales tax permit. They also owe $233,000 in taxes to the town, some of that as a bill due at the end of this month.
The owner, Joseph Gillespie, also filed for bankruptcy for some businesses he owns.
Channel 3 reached out to the corporate office but has not yet heard back.