Thursday, July 01, 2004

In the John

Papa Tony's workers running out of dough

If you're like me, you've been wondering lately why all the Papa John's in Chicagoland have suddenly turned into Papa Tony's. This article provides the explanation, and it isn't a pretty one. Apparently the owner of the Chicagoland franchises, who also owns Panda Express, had quite the fight with Papa John's before going his own way. Now he isn't paying employees at his stores, and some of them are closing. Looks like the answer to "Who's your daddy?" for Chicagoland pizza lovers is "Nobody." You know your business is in trouble when newspaper articles about it include lines like this one:

"Papa Tony's employees who want to file a wage claim should contact the Illinois Department of Labor at (312) 793-1804."

At least when they close the stores they'll probably take down the ugly vinyl signs they've been hanging in front of the old Papa John's signs.

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