The controversy-beleaguered local pizza chain The Upper Crust has now filed for bankruptcy, reports the Globe. That news is the latest in an ongoing tale of decline, which has also included internal lawsuits between partners, misuse of company funds for a $700,000 yacht, labor violations, and some restraining orders. According to the Globe, The Upper Crust owes $3.4 million to various parties including a former Massachusetts attorney general who once represented the company. When a business is found to rely on "a steady flow of illegal workers from the poor town of Marilac in southeastern Brazil," it would seem doomed to fail.
Sure enough, several locations have recently gone under, including one in Waltham and one on Comm Ave, which, interestingly enough, is now an OTTO Pizza. The company's attorney says it "will maintain normal operations during bankruptcy proceedings." The Globe also notes that The Upper Crust owes $16,780 to the Globe.