Upper Crust Pizza Files for Bankruptcy - West Roxbury's Not Closing
The troubled pizza chain, once lauded as a local business success story, has been beset with controversy.
Upper Crust Pizza has filed for bankruptcy. The company defaulted on a loan in September and owes at least $3.4 million, according to the Boston Globe.
But West Roxbury's Upper Crust is not expected to close, said owner Kelley Santangelo to Patch on Tuesday.
"There is no plan to close. We are a franchise. We're a locally and independent owned business. Please keep on supporting us," said Santangelo. The West Roxbury Upper Crust is very involved with the community through donating food for fundraisers, and Holy Name School students take field trips to the pizzeria just a stone's throw away to learn how to make pizza.
The filing came after years of controversy for the local chain. Unfair labor charges and legal wrangling amongst owners dominated headlines over the past few years.
The chain was repeatedly hot with unfair labor practice claims, from forced kickbacks to unpaid overtime. More recently, company co-owners have turned on each other, each claiming the other has used the company for personal gain.