Ahmed said he plans to re-hire seasoned staff members and bring in new employees as well.
The December announcement took employees in Tulsa by surprise. One waitress said she and the other workers came in Monday and learned that day that they'd be without jobs by Thursday.
Former CEO Allan Roberts wrote in a statement, "It's a very difficult operating environment for full-service, family-oriented restaurants. We have seen declining sales combined with increasing costs that has made this difficult decision necessary."