Upper Crust Pizzeria Closes

Signs announce business closure on the front door.

It appears Upper Crust Pizza in Salem has closed, according to signs posted on the front door of the Washington Street business.

A reason for the closure was not immediately available. The business was in operation as recently as last week.

On Feb. 17, Twitter user Andy Seidel tweeted "RIP upper crust Salem." Since then, other Salem-based tweeters have acknowleged the closure.

On Sunday morning, the Salem location was still listed on the company website.

In June of 2011, the company was ordered to pay $80K in back wages as well as liquidated damages for 11 employees after the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division found multiple violations in the handling of overtime pay and record keeping.

Salem Patch will bring you more on the closure as it becomes available.

Jared Robinson February 19, 2012 at 03:00 PM
good riddance to bad business... and bad, thin, burnt pizza.
john February 19, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Like so many others in Salem , they come and go. Pizza was too expensive and stunk
Jared Robinson February 19, 2012 at 03:26 PM
It was like a burnt cracker with fancy nonsense on top. And after finding out about their business practices, I stopped going altogether. Even my company stopped doing business with them (We used to use them to cater our lunches every so often) and we moved to another small, local shop. Gimme a greek or italian pizza any day. Engine House and Damata's all day long over here :)
Erin Cyr February 19, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Boo Hoo ;) Salem is way too close (and gossip-loving) a community to put up with the nonsense that they thought they could get away with. I wonder how long their Beverly location will last. High prices, snooty attitude, burnt offerings and a saturated market are enough to put a pizza place out of business. The labor practices were just the final nail in the coffin.
gene February 19, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I guess being caught cheating their employees added too much overhead for them. So long, don't let the door hit you on the butt on the way out!
Diane Wolf February 19, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I heard they they have also closed the Beverly location (thought I haven't gone to check myself) as they were both owned by the same franchisee. I cannot say I will miss them, I found neither their pizza or their policies appetizing.
Justin Mattera February 19, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I love this. Karma
Antoine M. Boisvert February 19, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Just FYI (no judgement) the Beverly branch was open as of Friday evening (2/17).
Johnna White February 19, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I had no idea about their business practices until I read this! Wow! I can't even boycott them since they're gone. The pizza had really gone downhill. It was too expensive to be bad or even average. At those prices, they needed to stand out.
Liv February 20, 2012 at 04:03 PM
We definitely stopped eating there once we heard about their labor practices.
KlassySalem February 21, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Friday was the last night for both stores.
Tony February 23, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I loved their pizza. Now where am I suppose to go. The rest of the pizza in town sucks!
Jared Robinson February 23, 2012 at 04:50 PM
well, you can make their pizza pretty easily... get a burrito wrap... cook that by itself until it starts to burn... put some random garbage that looks like food on it... then cook it AGAIN. make sure the crust is so burnt that simply by touching it, it will crack and leave soot on everything it touches... Enjoy! ;)
Erin Cyr February 24, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Jared Robinson February 24, 2012 at 05:01 PM
if I wanted a burnt tortilla with rubbish on it, I'd go to taco bell. I don't mind thin crust, but I always had issues with how burnt every Upper Crust pizza was. even the one in Boston was bad. My company stopped using them because they were burning 20 out of 25 pizzas to cinder.
Katie Curley-Katzman February 24, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Vulgar language will not be tolerated in this forum per our terms of use. Thank you
john February 24, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I must be missing your point. If you liked upper crust why dont you just say so? It wasn't one person or one city that put them out of business,it was of their own doing.Try Bertuccis PP Man it's pretty good.
john February 24, 2012 at 06:41 PM
My comment was far from vulgar so why is it gone?
Jared Robinson February 24, 2012 at 06:49 PM
it was probably a response to the one that was deleted, so the whole thread tends to go when that happens


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