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I Was Told There Would Be Pie: Marie Callender's Files For Bankruptcy

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Diners in some parts of SoCal seeking a reliably delicious pie courtesy of standby Marie Callender's may be forced to turn elsewhere -- the company is filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, reports the Daily Breeze. Blaming the economy, the owners of Marie Callender's, who also own Perkin's Family Restaurants, said that the company couldn't survive in the current financial climate. According to the AP:

The two chains were "adversely affected by the languishing economy, including declines in consumer confidence and sluggish consumer spending and increased commodity costs," CEO J. Trungale said in a statement in November, following its most recent quarterly earnings filing for the period ended Oct. 3, 2010.

The company has 160 owned and 314 franchised Perkins restaurants and 85 owned and 37 franchised Marie Callender's, and say that they plan to close 65 stores and cut 2,500 jobs.

The restaurant is not fucking around with its closures, either. If you're reading this from your phone and you happen to be sitting in either a Perkins or a Marie Callender's, we suggest you hurry up and finish. According to the OC Register:

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...closures were so sudden, some diners were forced to leave while they were still eating. “We apologize for that,” Perkins & Marie Callender’s corporate spokeswoman Vivian H. Brooks said.