Papa Gino’s Abruptly Closes After Decades at Auburn Mall
The only Papa Gino's restaurant in Maine has closed after over 30 years at the Auburn Mall.
CBS 13 reports that the pizza chain based out of Dedham, Massachusetts closed 53 of its stores in New England including the Auburn location. No details were given by the company on why the closures occurred.
The company also owns D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches. A handful of D'Angelo's locations in Maine, including the North Windham location, closed previously, but as of this writing the D'Angelo locations in Portland, South Portland, Lewiston, Auburn and Biddeford are still listed as open on the company's website.
Many people in the Lewiston/Auburn area remember Papa Gino's back in the 80's as teenagers when they would grab a slice or two and then go catch a movie at the twin movie theater that used to exist in the mall or head to Dream Machine and play Pac-Man.
Let's hope the same fate doesn't happen to D'Angelo. What would the world be like without a Number 9?
UPDATE: According to the Boston Globe, the company that owns Papa Gino's and D'Angelo has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with the stores that remain open to be sold to a private equity firm. The future of those stores remains to be seen.