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More Details on the Sudden Closing of Focaccia's

According to a former employee, the restaurant closed suddenly following a dispute between ownership and management.

Focaccia's front door had this closed sign on it. Photo Credit: Chris Gambon.
Focaccia's front door had this closed sign on it. Photo Credit: Chris Gambon.

Last week Wilmington Patch reported that Focaccia's, one of Wilmington's most popular restaurants, had apparently closed its doors with little to no notice

A former Focaccia's employee who agreed to an interview with Wilmington Patch on the condition of anonymity said the restaurant's closing was as much a surprise to the staff as to Wilmington residents. 

According to the former employee, a dispute between ownership and management occurred on Saturday, Nov. 16, leading the kitchen staff to walk out and ownership to shut the restaurant down.

"We are all so saddened by this and feel terrible about our customers," the employee said. "Now we are trying to all find work right before the holiday season."

Focaccia's, located at 2 Lowell St., was closed the morning of Nov. 18, the only explanation being a neon poster board reading "Closed."

Focaccia's website also appears to have been taken down.

Upon hearing of Focaccia's closing, Susan Amato, owner of Angelina's in Tewksbury, contacted Wilmington Patch hoping to reach out to former employees of Focaccia's who are looking for work heading into the holiday season. 

"With it so close to the holidays this closing will be devastating to many families," Amato said. "I would like to reach out to them and and offer help if possible."

Amato said she currently has some positions open for servers, bartenders and dishwashers. 

Angelina's still has several openings available for holiday parties if anyone who had a party scheduled at Focaccia's is looking for a new location, Amato said.

Amato said she will also honor 25 percent of Focaccia's gift cards at Angelina's.

Robin Getrost-Abbott November 25, 2013 at 08:35 PM
That is really nice of Susan Amato to help the former employees. There are still good people in this world
webmom November 26, 2013 at 09:03 AM
I agree Robin, I'm sure it's appreciated by the employees.
lmccarthy November 27, 2013 at 12:09 PM
We are looking for some great people to join our team at Joe's American Bar & Grill in Woburn. If any former employees from Foccacia's are interested, we are accepting applications for all departments.
Christopher Dennis Di Guardia December 03, 2013 at 06:38 AM
I wonder if Susan Amato needs any bands who may have been scheduled at Foccaccias... Which band? Don't worry , the good one of course.
Lisa Rumple December 14, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Yes I will miss going to see Four on the Floor - awesome cover band - i am bias as my Bro is part of the band.

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