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Upper Crust Pizzeria in West Roxbury to close after 4-year run

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  April 25, 2013 01:25 PM

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An independently-owned Upper Crust Pizzeria in West Roxbury will close on Sunday, the owners announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Another restaurant will take over the retail space at 1727 Centre St., according to the post, which did not name the new restaurant.

“It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing that The Upper Crust Pizzeria of West Roxbury will be closing on Sunday, April 28th,” said the Facebook post, made Thursday. “We would like to thank all of our loyal customers and the community (especially West Roxbury Main Streets) for their support during the last four years.”

The location is run by the Mulry, Regan and Santangelo families.

The Globe reported earlier this month that the West Roxbury pizzeria was the last remaining franchisee of the Upper Crust chain, which has closed numerous locations and in October filed for bankruptcy protection after mounting financial problems, labor troubles, and disputes among its partners. Some of chain's locations have reopened.

In their online farewell message, the West Roxbury shop's owners "encouraged” customers to use their dinner vouchers and gift cards, but said that “gift cards will be continued to be honored at the six other Upper Crust locations.”

“We have not only seen many of our friends become our customers, we have also had many of our customers become friends,” the post said. “We also would like to thank all of our employees, many of whom have been with us throughout the entire time we have been open.”

“However, as any small business owner knows, it is a time taking endeavor to own and run a business and sometimes the time it takes is at the expense of our families and other careers. Therefore, our decision to sell, although bittersweet, is the best for all of us at this time.”

“We are looking forward to the new restaurant that will be opening soon at our location and hope the community is as supportive to them as they have been to us.”

The West Roxbury pizzeria opened in 2009 at the site of the former Tai Ho Restaurant, which burned down in 2007 in a blaze that left two firefighters dead.

The restaurant’s closure was first reported Thursday by several news outlets and blogs, including Boston Restaurant Talk.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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