Hamburg Banquet Facility Closes

November 30, 2011 Updated Nov 30, 2011 at 12:20 AM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

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November 30, 2011 Updated Nov 30, 2011 at 12:20 AM EDT

TOWN OF HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) -- With word that a popular southtowns hotel is closing its doors...countless weddings and other celebrations are scrambling to find a new place to party. McKinley's Banquet and Conference Center on McKinley Parkway in Hamburg closed suddenly...leaving about 50 people without jobs. The property has a banquet facility and conference center. A hotel and night club are also affected. This sudden closing leaves people with events booked for the future, scrambling to find new locations.

"We have been getting calls throughout the day on it. And, we expect more, definitely," remarked Joe David, sales manager for the Hearthstone Manor. Staffers at the Hearthstone Manor in Depew are checking the banquet facility's bookings...looking for open dates. They are ready to help anyone who has been displaced by the closing of Mckinley's Banquet Center.

"A lot of their people didn't know where they were going to go for their banquets of their events. And, we started getting some phone calls...so we got together today and we had a staff meeting on it. Our general manager is going to allow us to accept some of those people and offer them a discount...so that they can come and have their event at the Hearthstone," David explained.

Area banquet facilities are used to last minute changes. People who booked an event months or even a year in advance may have thought that the most difficult part of planning the party was over when they put down their deposit on a hall. This complete shut down of the popular establishment has left many worrying about their celebration. Local banquet managers have seen this situation before.

"If somebody has an unfortunate situation like a fire or a closing...the other banquet facilities would try to help them out. And, I would hope they would do the same thing for us if we had we had something like that happen," David added.

The management group that owns the property tells Eyewitness News that the operator of the business was delinquent on its lease agreement. A call to the banquet center's current phone number was automatically transferred to another hotel on Camp Road. People who have booked events, are waiting to hear how and when they will receive refunds for any deposits they have already made.