New England pizza, sandwich chain closes dozens of locations

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

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

Papa Gino's was founded in East Boston in 1961.

After the startling news on Sunday that Papa Gino's and D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches closed several of its stores over the weekend, PGHC Holdings, Inc., the Dedham-based parent company of both popular chains, announced in a press release on Monday morning that it had filed petitions for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement that will ensure a long and prosperous future for these iconic New England restaurants", Chief Financial Officer Corey Wendland said. "We look forward to serving our guests the pizza and grilled sandwiches they have come to love over many decades".

The restaurants that closed were described as "under-performing".

FOX61 reached out to the Papa Gino's locations in Vernon, Windsor Locks and Waterford and heard a voice recording saying the location was permanently closed. Though, again, it's yet unclear how many locations will be shut down.

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Cape Cod's Papa Gino's locations remain open despite the pizza restaurant chain's closure of dozens of off-Cape stores in recent days. As of Sunday, the location map feature lists 97 stores, including 78 in MA. Papa Gino's official social media accounts did not address the closings either. "I was told to reapply to other locations". The Boston Globe talked to another who was suddenly out of work after a Quincy location shuttered.

PGHC Holdings says the move would "significantly strengthen the chains' financial resources", allowing for the ability to remodel and modernize their 141 restaurants in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and CT.

None of the Framingham Papa Gino's locations closed - Route 9 and Route 30. It changed its name to Papa Gino's in 1968.

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