Monday, March 25, 2013
The new owners of Watertown's Upper Crust say the product is the same, but the management is entirely different.
It's new management and new faces for Watertown's Upper Crust, as it reopened this month under new management after being closed for several months. The firm UC Acquisitions purchased the property in January along with locations in Wellesley, Boston's South End and Lexington during an auction after its previous owners filed for bankruptcy last year. The troubled pizza chain's former owner, Jordan Tobins, was accused of several labor issues including failing to pay employees their wages, allegedly relying on undocumented workers for labor, and using company money for personal use. Despite reports from some media outlets that the former owner Tobins was connected to the new ownership, Shawn Shenefield, Director of Operations at UC …
Monday, March 18, 2013
After closing for a few months, the gourmet pizza place on Main Street is back.
The Upper Crust Pizzeria in Watertown closed its doors in November, but instead of a permanent shuttering it turns out to be a temporary hiatus. The gourmet pizza restaurant in Watertown Square reopened last week, according to a piece on the food blog Boston Restaurant Talk. A posting on the Upper Crust Facebook page announced the reopening of the Watertown location: Doors at our Watertown location open under new ownership at 11 a.m. today for delivery and take-out. Beginning Thursday, March 21, we will be serving lunch and dinner in the restaurant. Call now: (617) 923-6060 Watertown's location of Upper Crust shut down along with several others during the chain's legal and financial difficulties. The Watertown locale, however, was …
Friday, January 4, 2013
A judge reportedly rejected efforts to keep a firm connected to the former Upper Crust owner from returning to the bankrupt pizzeria's storefront.
Weeks after an auction of assets belonging to the now-bankrupt The Upper Crust, an attorney representing former workers at the pizzeria chain reportedly has failed in an effort to buy the now-closed location on Main Street in Watertown. The Boston Globe reports that lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordan had offered to pay $200,000 more than the offer sale price that had been accepted at auction last month for the Watertown, Wellesley, Lexington and South End locations. The winning bid for those assets came from a firm with ties to the former owners of The Upper Crust. But according to the Globe, bankruptcy Judge Henry Boroff said it was too late for the lawyer's offer since all of Upper Crust’s assets were auctioned on Dec. 19. The Upper Crust in …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Wednesday's bankruptcy auction was only of store leases and equipment, not of the Upper Crust franchise rights.
When Wednesday's auction of the embattled Upper Crust Pizzeria chain was done yesterday, and the smoke (somewhat) cleared, a company with ties to the pizzeria's founder, Jordan Tobins, reportedly had won control of the Watertown store site. The Boston Globe reports that a Ditmars Ltd. affiliate— a private equity firm connected to Tobins — submitted the high bid of $75,000 for the Main Street location. That offer, says the Globe report, is only for the store lease and restaurant equipment, not rights to use the Upper Crust name. The same company also won bids for the Lexington, Wellesley and South End store sites. The attorney representing immigrant workers said to have cheated of vast amounts of overtime pay won the bid for the Harvard …
Monday, December 17, 2012
The pizzeria shut down recently and appears to be shut for good. What should replace it?
The doors to The Upper Crust in Watertown Square closed in November, and has been shut ever since. The pizzeria sits in a prime location, right across from the Watertown Fire Station on Main Street in the middle of the Watertown Square business district. The pizza chain has had financial troubles recently, and in November several locations closed their doors, including the Watertown location. Little sign of life has been seen in the Watertown location, so what should replace it in the spot downtown? What do you think? What would you like to see replace Upper Crust in Watertown Square? Share your ideas in the comment section below.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The pizzeria chain has closed several locations, and the future is uncertain.
The Upper Crust in Watertown has closed its doors, and it is not clear whether it is just temporary or permanent. The Boston Globe reports that several locations of the pizzeria chain have shut down, temporarily at least. The Globe called the Upper Crust on Main Street in Watertown and an employee said that the restaurant was closed and that the company is undergoing reorganization and "we are closed for at least next couple of days." Upper Crust has been facing financial difficulties, and in September the company defaulted on a TD Bank loan. Company officials filed for bankruptcy protection. The company's troubles also include a U.S. Department of Labor ruling that they owed employees back overtime pay.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The chain of gourmet pizza restaurants, including a Watertown location, filed for bankruptcy and reportedly owes $3.4 million to creditors.
The Upper Crust Pizzeria chain has filed for bankruptcy protection after defaulting on millions of dollars in loans, according to the Boston Globe. The embattled gourmet pizza chain was ordered by the Federal Labor officials to pay overtime to employees, and has been accused of improper use of assests for personal use by executives, and recently shut down some locations, including the Waltham restaurant. The Boston-based company defaulted on a loan to TD Bank in September, and owes $3.4 million to creditors, according to the Globe story. The list of creditors to which chain reportedly owe money, according to documents filed in federal bankruptcy court, includes former attorney general Thomas F. Reilly of Watertown who is owed nearly $230,…
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Upper Crust executives and founder engaged in bitter dispute.
Upper Crust’s woes have reached new heights with court filings showing its co-owners claiming each other has used company money for personal gain, according to Boston.com. The details on the split are revealed in legal documents filed by co-owners Joshua Huggard and Brendan Higgins as well as co-founder Jordan Tobins, according to Boston.com. The company is already under federal investigation for labor violations. Upper Crust has locations in Watertown, Waltham, Beacon Hill, Brookline, Lexington, South End, Wellesley and West Roxbury, according to its website. As a result of the dispute, Tobins has been placed on administrative leave, Boston.com reports, and claimed the co-owners have illegally taken control of the firm. Tobin’s denies …