Papa Gino's Closes Most Locations in Connecticut; Willimantic Location Remains Open

A popular pizzeria chain in New England has abruptly closed several locations in Connecticut.

Patrons and workers at Papa Gino’s locations tweeted Sunday about the surprise closures, which included several locations in Connecticut, throughout the Boston-area and neighboring New Hampshire.

NBC Connecticut reached out to the locations in Vernon, Windsor Locks and Waterford, which all had a voice recording announcing the stores were permanently closed.  

The chain's website only listed its Willimantic location as of Sunday evening under Connecticut locations.

The company hasn’t provided a full list of the closures and a company spokeswoman didn’t immediately comment to the Associated Press.

The Dedham, Mass. company previously said it had 150 stores. As of Sunday, its website only listed 97 locations.

Papa Gino’s was founded in 1961 in East Boston as Piece O’ Pizza. It changed its name to Papa Gino’s in 1968 and expanded throughout Boston, other parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

The company also owns D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches. Patrons reported some of those restaurants also had signs saying they were permanently closed Sunday.

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