Worth Knowing: West Lebanon D'Angelo restaurant suddenly shuttered . . . along with 94 others

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The D'Angelo restaurant in West Lebanon was abruptly closed on Sunday along with 94 other D'Angelo and Papa Gino's restaurants in New England. The chain’s parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware on Monday after the closing of 47 of its namesake pizzerias and 45 D’Angelo sandwich shops and laying off 1,100 people. Employees were taken by surprise.

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The owner of all of these restaurants, Dedham-based PGHC Holdings, has apparently blamed rising labor costs and competition from other restaurants expanding in the New England market. 

The bankruptcy filing has affected D'Angelo restaurants well beyond the Upper Valley. D'Angelo locations in Manchester, Merrimack, Nashua, North Conway, Rochester and Salem were all shuttered on Sunday, as well as Papa Gino's restaurants in Manchester, Nashua and Portsmouth.

The only good news for all of the folks who were laid off on Sunday without any notice whatsoever is that with an unemployment rate hovering below 3%, most should be able to find new work relatively quickly. But it's still a tough pill to swallow. 

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