POPULAR Barrhead restaurant has announced its sudden closure via social media.

This afternoon, The Hurlet revealed on Facebook that it was ‘permanently closed’ with residents witnessing staff ‘boarding’ up the building’s windows.

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It comes after the Barrhead News revealed how grieving families in the town could soon be able to hold funerals closer to home after plans to open East Renfrewshire’s first crematorium were unveiled.

And a separate application had been lodged to transform The Hurlet, just yards from the proposed crematorium site in Glasgow Road, into a funeral parlour.

One insider at the Toby Carvery restaurant has told how staff were not informed about the planning application.

The employee, who asked not to be named, said: “There are more than 20 staff that work here, and we are all very concerned – there are people that have worked here for more than 12 years.

“We found out through the newspapers. Our own employer isn’t forthcoming with us.”

The member of staff admitted they have been “on a knife edge” for a while.