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.

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Comments (8)
  1. genomega1 says:

    This is just the beginning.

  2. caretaker says:

    Not a big loss in the culinary market,thier food is like T.V. Dinners anyway,however I feel sorry for the lost Jobs.

  3. karen says:

    best potato and cheddar soup anywhere .. sad to see this establishment close, we need jobs for our community. Hopefully another restaurant or store will open and hire our locals.

  4. Ratt says:

    Well, I reckon the President lied, eh ? So much for the 2011 Summer of Recovery.

  5. Jadǝ Purǝlica says:

    I feel so bad for the employees. Good luck to all of you.

  6. Bill says:

    This has been in the works for a while, my daughter was laid off when they closed her restaurant the day after Christmas last year.

  7. Philip Scharfy says:

    So much for the socialst recovery…

    THANKYOU Prez Obama

  8. trj says:

    Let’s all remember this in nov 2012. obama just can’t win. It would probably be a lead up to civil war.

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