Several Bay Area Marie Callender’s Restaurants Close Abruptly

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A pedestrian walks by a Marie Callender's Restaurant and Bakery on June 13, 2011 in Daly City. Memphis-based Perkins & Marie Callender's Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and has shut down several restaurants and they begin a massive financial restructuring campaign. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A pedestrian walks by a Marie Callender’s Restaurant and Bakery on June 13, 2011 in Daly City. Memphis-based Perkins & Marie Callender’s Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and has shut down several restaurants and they begin a massive financial restructuring campaign. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Without warning, Perkins and Marie Callender’s announced that they are planning to close 65 restaurants across the country, including seven Marie Callender’s locations in the Bay Area.

Restaurants in San Ramon, Hayward, Walnut Creek and Concord were closed abruptly in the East Bay, with no warnings to staff or diners. Locations in Napa, Santa Rosa and Daly City have also shuttered.

Perkins & Marie Callender’s Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as the owner cited a weak economic climate, particularly in California and Florida, where many of its restaurants are located.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Closing 65 restaurants would eliminate 2,500 jobs, including hundreds in the Bay Area.

Many diners at the San Jose chain said they were shocked by the news, but others said they understood and it was further evidence that the economy is still struggling to rebound.

Perkins & Marie Callender’s officials did not return calls to KCBS.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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