The sale of Papa Gino's Holdings Corporation will play out in bankruptcy court. It changed its name to Papa Gino's in 1968 and started to expand throughout Boston.
Several Papa Gino's locations across the state closed without notice this weekend, including one in MetroWest.
The company hasn't provided a full list of closures.
FOX61 reached out to the Papa Gino's locations in Vernon, Windsor Locks and Waterford and heard an voice recording saying the location was permanently closed.
PGHC Holdings says the move would "significantly strengthen the chains' financial resources", allowing for the ability to remodel and modernize their 141 restaurants in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and CT. In the Boston area, Arlington, Medford, Malden, Woburn, and Brockton locations have also shuttered; WPRI Eyewitness News reports four Rhode Island restaurants are closed, too.
News of the closings seemed to come as a surprise to the employees. "I was supposed to work 5 to close".
WBZ also talked with a blindsided employee in Mansfield. Though, again, it's yet unclear how many locations will be shut down.
Boston has left phone messages for members of the Papa Gino's marketing team for more information about the sudden, region-wide closures, and has also sent an email to the company through its website.
Papa Gino's was founded in 1961 when the chain opened its first pizzeria, called Piece O' Pizza, in East Boston.
The company said would still operate 178 locations throughout New England, including 141 company-owned stores.