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33-year-old Specialty’s bakery-cafe chain closes

In closing its more than 40 locations, the company said the coronavirus has “decimated” sales.
Photo courtesy of Specialty's

The coronavirus is forcing the permanent closure of all of the more than 40 units of the Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery chain, the company announced.

Tuesday will be the chain’s last day in business.

“Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery is closing after 33 years of business,” the Pleasanton, Calif.-based chain said in the announcement. “Current market conditions attributed to COVID-19 and shelter-in-place policies have decimated company revenues.”

The bakery-cafe concept had units in California, Illinois and Washington.

It had not been doing well pre-pandemic, according to data from Restaurant Business sister company Technomic. Same-store sales dropped more than 11% in 2019 from the year before, and the company shuttered eight units.

Specialty’s began in its founder’s garage in 1987.

It is one of a growing number of restaurants, both independents and chains, that have announced permanent closures or bankruptcies amid the pandemic.


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