The demise of Boston Market?


They left their jobs at Boston Market. Then the real problems started

Longtime former employees exited the company as stores closed or paychecks stopped showing. But they’ve since been hit with surprise medical bills, and they’ve found themselves unable to file taxes or collect unemployment benefits.


Boston Market is down to 27 restaurants

The owner of the rotisserie chicken chain also had his second bankruptcy filing terminated over technical issues, and this time is banned from filing another one.

Jay Pandya, who declared personal bankruptcy in December only to have it terminated, is again seeking debt protection after his company lost a lawsuit filed by US Foods.

The state’s attorney general cited the struggling company’s failure to timely pay wages or provide accurate payroll records.

The U.S. Department of Labor says it is investigating wage-and-hour complaints against the troubled fast-casual chain.

After years of steady decline, the fast-casual brand appears to be in a death spiral of unpaid bills, legal filings and angry customers. Even in a world as forgiving as restaurants, it may be impossible for the chain to come back.

Jay Pandya took over Corner Bakery during the pandemic in 2020. He demanded tough cost cuts, and refused to pay bills. Employees left in droves. Workers were locked out of stores. And the company’s lender accused him of using the company as a “piggy bank.”

Jay Pandya has long portrayed himself as a “business tycoon,” with restaurant and real estate holdings along the East Coast, before he bought Boston Market and Corner Bakery. But that history is filled with lawsuits, unpaid bills and allegations that he bilked investors.