Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Vallejo Pasta Pomodoro closes

(Originally published in the 1/3/16 edition)

   Pasta Pomodoro, the San Francisco-based Italian restaurant chain Pasta Pomodoro, suddenly closed all of its locations Dec. 26, including the one in Vallejo. Restaurant employees were notified via text messages that the franchise had closed, and they would receive their final pay Friday. 
   The restaurant began in San Francisco’s Marina District in 1994 and expanded to more than 25 locations throughout the Bay Area as well as Southern California and Arizona by the end of the decade. The Vallejo location— the only one in Solano County— was in the Gateway Plaza. In 2002, the chain had become popular enough that Wendy’s International had a 25 percent stake in the company. It was then sold to Matthew Janopaul and Girish Satya in 2010. In turn, it was sold to a private equity firm in 2012. 

   By the time of the closure, the chain had exited the Southern California and Arizona markets, and only 15 Bay Area locations remained. No announcement has been made regarding the motive for the decision. 

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