Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Reported to be among the bidders at today's auction for the bankrupt pizza places: both ex-workers (+ their lawyer) and ex-managers.
The attorney who represents ex-employees in a class-action lawsuit is among the bidders at today's auction for 10 Upper Crust locations. The pizza chain went under in October, with, says the Boston Herald, debt of $3-4 million. The Herald writes: The company sought bankruptcy protection after it defaulted on bank loans, the U.S. Labor Department forced it to pay $342,000 in back wages to 121 employees, and several lawsuits were filed against it. Some of those same employees, along with their lawyer, are among bidders for the bankrupt company, according to the Boston Globe. The Globe quotes attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, who represents workers in their suit, as saying: The plan is for employees to have ownership shares, and we are very …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Costa Rican restaurant off of Moody Street is now vacant.
The Boca Restaurant & Bar located off of Moody Street has closed, according to the Boston Globe. The Costa Rican restaurant which opened on Pine Street six years ago, was sold, co-owned Roger Becker told the Globe. Becker said he wanted to focus on his other business. The closing is the third in recent months. Upper Crust on Moody Street recently closed in the wake of the company's financial and legal troubles. Also, Sadie's Saloon and Eatery, located next to Boca, recently closed.
Labor department claims Boston restaurant chain cheated workers.
The U.S. Labor Department has filed court papers claiming that Upper Crust pizzeria owes workers $850,000 in back wages, according to a Boston Globe report. The company, whose Waltham location recently closed, was found in a federal investigation to have violated minimum-wage and overtime laws between April 2009 and January 2011, largely by exploiting immigrant workers. This came on the back of a 2009 Labor Department investigation which ended in an order to pay workers $350,000 in back overtime. Upper Crust founder Jordan Tobins allegedly came up with a scheme to recoup this money by lowering employees' wages or firing them if they refused to give the mandated compensation back, the Globe reported. What followed was a 2010 class-action …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Tell us what you think should move into the former Upper Crust location on Moody Street.
The Upper Crust pizzeria on Moody Street recently shuttered its doors, leaving its location vacant and looking for a new tenant. Tell us what you think should move into the location? Leave your comments in the comment section below. The building is in the downtown "restaurant row" surrounded by other kinds of shops. It is easily accessible by car, foot and public transportation. There are several municipal parking lots nearby with plenty of parking.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Check out the week's top Waltham headlines.
A Waltham man was charged in the hit-and-run death of another Waltham man. A Newton man pleaded guilty to killing a Waltham man. A Level 3 sex offender in Waltham is causing a stir here and in Lexington. A Waltham restaurant closed.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A local pizza shop has shuttered its doors.
Upper Crust's location in Waltham has shuttered its doors. The pizza chain's Moody Street location has permanently closed for business. The building has been emptied and the company left a message on its Facebook page. "Hey there, fans of Upper Crust in Waltham! We have moved our operations and stellar staff from Moody Street to our nearby pizzerias in Watertown and Lexington," the Facebook page reads. While no specific reason has been given for the closure, the company has faced recent troubles, including allegedly not paying workers.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Miss some Waltham news this week? Catch up with our weekly news round up.
What was the most interesting story of the week? Tell us in the comments section below.
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 Waltham, Beacon Hill, Brookline, Lexington, South End, Watertown, Wellesley and West Roxbury, according to its website. As a result of the dispute, Tobins has been placed on administrative leave, according to Boston.com and claimed the co-owners have illegally taken control of the firm. Tobin’s …