Papa Gino's Abruptly Closes Some Restaurants This Weekend

BROCKTON MA.- NOVEMBER 4 A sign on the door of a closed Papa Gino's Pizzeria is seen on North Montello Street in Brockton Massachusetts

The well-known MA pizza and sandwich chain Papa Gino's Inc. has abruptly closed many of its locations, Eyewitness News has learned.Eyewitness News called and visited several Papa Gino's and D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches locations across Southeastern New England after receiving reports from employees and customers who found them closed on Sunday morning.The Papa Gino's website shows 97 open locations as of Sunday, down from 144 listed last week.

Over the weekend, locally-born chain Papa Gino's closed dozens of its locations in New England, including pizzerias in Lowell, Westford, Bedford, Nashua, and Fitchburg, the Lowell Sun reported. Though, again, it's yet unclear how many locations will be shut down. As of Sunday, its website only listed 97 locations.

Corey Wendland of Falmouth, Maine, listed in corporation records as Papa Gino's chief financial officer, also could not be reached for comment.

According to the release, PGHC Holdings, Inc. now has 141 company-owned restaurants in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

The closings were sudden, even to Papa Gino's employees.

UPDATE, 11 a.m.: Papa Gino's has confirmed to the Boston Globe that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. "I was supposed to work 5 to close".

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WBZ also talked with a blindsided employee in Mansfield.

The company, which previously boasted approximately 150 stores across New England, showed only 97 locations on its website Sunday; of those 78 were in MA.

In 1968, the company changed the name to Papa Gino's and started to expand throughout Boston.

Papa Gino's is a nostalgic taste of New England for many who grew up here.

In a September 21 press release, Bunker Hill Capital, a Boston private equity investor, said it exited from PGHC Holdings, the parent company of Papa Gino's and D'Angelo.

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