Upper Crust pizza chain sliced up at auction

"Bidding for Upper Crust’s assets is underway and a private equity firm with ties to founder Jordan Tobins appears to have won leases for the currently-closed South End, Lexington, Watertown, and Wellesley stores,  while an attorney who filed a lawsuit against Tobins and the bankrupt pizza chain for allegedly exploiting workers submitted the highest bid for the Harvard Square location," according to Boston.com,.

"Shannon Liss-Riordan, who sued Upper Crust in 2010 on behalf of immigrant workers who claim the company took advantage of employees and seized back wages from them, said she plans to give them ownership shares in the Cambridge 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, with the workers owning shares of the business,” Liss-Riordan said. “I hope this effort will provide at least one bright spot in this sad and troubling story.”

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