Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
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Papa Gino’s pizza chain closes all but one location in CT

Papa Gino’s pizza chain closes all but one location in CT

Papa Gino's has restaurants in Falmouth, Centerville, South Yarmouth and Orleans.

Employees at several remaining Papa Gino's referred phone calls from a reporter to the corporate office, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"These were hard decisions but decisions we believe were absolutely necessary to allow Papa Gino's and D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches to continue serving New England now and for years to come", CEO Corey Wendland said in the statement.

You might be in need of a new go-to pizza place.

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.

Many employees found out they were out of a job, when they showed up to a locked door and a sign at their location, including the one in Ashland on Route 126.

The company also has plans to open additional restaurants throughout New England and enhance online ordering capabilities at all locations.

Yesterday, its advertised locations plummeted to 97 without explanation. Papa Gino's official social media accounts did not address the closings either. "They didn't inform me or anything", Shadane Richards told the newspaper.

It also said filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections would allow it to "maintain normal business operations at its restaurants with improved liquidity as it pursues the sale", despite the closures. The name was changed in 1968. The company also owns D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches.

The chain has locations throughout New England. The sit-down pizzerias hosted many a pizza-fueled birthday party, and some schoolchildren-like myself at Berlin Memorial School-grew up eating the thin-crust pies every week in the cafeteria as part of a prolific school lunch program.

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