Upper Crust chain divided up at auction

The Boston Globe | December, 2012

The bankrupt Upper Crust pizza chain was sliced up at auction Wednesday, as a private equity firm with ties to ousted founder Jordan Tobins won leases for four restaurants, while an attorney who filed a class-action lawsuit against Tobins and the company for allegedly exploiting workers purchased the Harvard Square location.

Shannon Liss-Riordan, who sued Upper Crust in 2010 on behalf of immigrant employees who claim the business took advantage of workers and seized back wages from them, said she plans to give employees ownership shares in the restaurant.

 

“We are very excited about buying back the Harvard Square location and making it into
a model workplace for the benefit of the workers,” Liss-Riordan said. “I hope this effort
will provide at least one bright spot in this sad and troubling story.”

 

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