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

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

Papa Ginos in Middletown permanently closed

The phone number associated with the business now plays an automated message that says: "Thank you for calling Papa Gino's". It changed its name to Papa Gino's in 1968 and expanded throughout Boston, other parts of MA and Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

The parent company of the popular New England restaurants Papa Gino's and D'Angelo Sandwiches announced Monday that it has reached an agreement in principle to sell the chains to a Wynnchurch Capital portfolio company after abruptly closing several locations on Sunday.

The company hasn't provided a full list of the closures and has not yet responded to a WBZ-TV request for comment.

FOX61 reached out to the Papa Gino's locations in Vernon, Windsor Locks and Waterford and heard an voice recording saying the location was permanently closed.

"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", Corey Wendland the company's financial chief said in a statement. The Boston Globe talked to another who was suddenly out of work after a Quincy location shuttered.

Papa Gino's was founded in 1961 when the chain opened its first pizzeria, called Piece O' Pizza, in East Boston. In 1968, it changed its name, and began expanding around Boston and beyond.

The company said would still operate 178 locations throughout New England, including 141 company-owned stores. 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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