Most of the employees were notified of a locked door and a divorced when they got to work on sunday.
Imagine showing up at work, greeted with a sign saying "This location is now closed." That was what happened to several Papa Gino employees today. The restaurant chain permanently closed dozens of New England places overnight without telling the staff. pic.twitter.com/M2qKSzCDA2
– Natalie Rubino (@newswithnatalie) November 4, 2018
The dozens of employees at various New England locations, as well as staff of D & # 39; Angelo Grilled Sandwiches, owned by Papa Gino, wonder why.
"We stood in the parking lot and looked around and said what happened?" said an employee of D & # 39; Angelo, who would not use her name. "We were flabbergasted."
One of the cooks from D & # 39; Angelo in Needham, who also asked not to use his name, said that someone from the company showed up at 10 o'clock to break the news of her and her boss.
"[He] goes in, [and] He goes efficiently right away, we close the store, you are fired," she said.
They were not given a reason and were told that their final paycheck will appear in the mail. Papa Gino's headquarters are located in Dedham.
"We started crying – we kept each other," said one of the two women working at D & # 39; Angelo in Needham. "She has a little girl, I have two children. I did not worry, we're fine, we'll figure it out. "
The head of Papa Gino's location in Norwood told Boston 25 News that while his restaurant has not closed, he has heard about at least five that are closed on sunday without notice. He says that the restaurant has seen a lot of activity due to closures.
The customer's franchise also expressed concern and frustration for the employees suddenly out of work.
"This time of year comes close to holidays, and now they're all out of work," said the customer Donna Hopewell. "It's not right … whatever the reason is, you leave your staff at least."
It is still unclear how many places are closed. However, the company has previously said that it had 150 sites and now their site only shows 97.
Several Angelo and Papa Gino's places in Rhode Island were also part of the closures.
. @PapaGinos in Cranston and @Dangelo on Highland Ave in Seekonk suddenly close together with several other places in our area. No words from Papa Gino's Inc. yet. Last on @ wpri12 at 630. pic.twitter.com/Iv6KXSdeit
– Eric Halperin-WPRI (@EricHalperinTV) November 4, 2018
Papa Gino was founded in 1961 in East Boston as Piece O & # 39; Pizza. It changed the name of Papa Gino in 1968 and expanded through Boston, other parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.
Boston 25 News has reached Papa Gino's corporate office for comments. The company has not yet provided a complete list of closures.
This is a developing story. We will provide more updates as soon as they become available.
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