A fast-casual Mediterranean chain with Austin, Texas, roots shuttered two of its three Boston outposts last week. A representative from Noon Mediterranean — formerly known as Verts — confirmed with Eater that the restaurant chain has closed its shops in Back Bay (545 Boylston St.) and Downtown Crossing (267 Washington St.). The location in the Financial District (95 Summer St.), which was Noon Mediterranean’s first foray into Boston, remains open.
It is unclear at this time why Noon Mediterranean decided to close two of its three locations in Boston so soon after opening: The Back Bay shop opened in March of 2017, while the Downtown Crossing shop opened just over a year ago. Eater has reached out to Noon Mediterranean for further comment and will update this post as more information becomes available.
The name change — a reference to lunchtime and to the Farsi word for “bread” — came about in late 2017. Before the chain came to Boston, there was another name change (from VertsKebap to Verts) back in 2016. The 2017 name change came at a time when a number of Texas locations were closing.
In addition to the last Boston one, Noon locations remain open in Texas, New York, and Pennsylvania, serving customizable bowls with grain, green, or pita bases; proteins such as spicy lamb meatballs, falafel, and grilled chicken; and various toppings and sauces.
Update, 3:25 p.m.: Noon has filed for bankruptcy protection, closing seven locations and laying off 89 employees, including 10 in the corporate office, in the process. Per Restaurant Business, citing court documents, the company has assets in the range of $1 million to $10 million and liabilities in the range of $10 million to $50 million. It’s reportedly seeking an investor to keep things going while closing underperforming locations and selling unneeded equipment.
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