Closing Time at the Pub

Piccadilly Pub closes its doors for good after 30 years in Tewksbury.

Route 38 in Tewksbury, already speckled with vacant retail properties and storefronts, has just lost another prominent longtime business.

, a staple of Main Street for nearly 30 years, has closed effective immediately.

Staff members arriving for their shifts Monday morning were informed that the restaurant was closed.

According to Piccadilly Pub spokesman Jim Taylor, there was no advanced notice given to any of the restaurant's 30 employees.

"We have transferred all of the members of the management team and we have offered positions to the rest of the staff at our other locations," said Taylor.

Piccadilly Pub is also closing its Randolph location. The chain, which began in Westboro in 1975, now has nine restaurants, all in Massachusetts. The closest to Tewksbury is in North Reading.

According to Taylor, the closings were a reflection of the weak economy.

Piccadilly Pub's corporate offices are located in Boston. The company does not own the building or property in Tewksbury. That parcel is actually still owned by Bill Martin and Jon Klaucke, the founders of the Piccadilly Pub chain. They sold the business several years ago.

Martin and Klaucke could not be immediately reached for comment. Taylor did not know what was planned for the property.

"I feel badly about this, personally," said Taylor. "I've been with the company 28 years and Tewksbury was the first one I worked at."

The landmark Piccadilly Pub sign has messages on both sides, indicating that the restaurant is closed. There is also a one sheet letter on the door, informing the public that the restaurant is closed permanently, as of May 2, and inviting customers to visit the North Reading restaurant.

The letter also stated that any coupons or gift cards will be honored at any of the Piccadilly Pub locations.

DCN May 04, 2011 at 09:06 PM
Very well said Dan!!!!
Tom DeVeau May 05, 2011 at 04:21 PM
I am getting tired of seeing all of these empty buildings and vacant lots around town. 38 is a complete eyesore. Why aren't businesses opening stores in these lots? Are Tewksbury's prices too high? Are we denying requests to potential businesses? It's been like this for awhile, not just the past few months.
Catherine May 06, 2011 at 07:02 PM
It is an absolute shame about the closing of the pub. Having worked in the restaurant buisness for years I can tell you it's an impossiblity to tell staff or management the doors are closing until the day of. Imagine if your boss told you there was a chance you'd be laid off in a month/week/day or two. It would make work terrible and impossible. As hard as it is to swallow, especially for the long timers at the pub, it is how the restaurnat world works. On the upside, I give nothing to Kudos to the management and staff over the past couple of months. I don't know if I'm just easy-going but, I bring my mother in for lunch and dinner a couple of times a month and I have had nothing but great service and good food which had seemed to be declining slowly. The staff was always smiling, the place was decorated for holidays and the lights in the dining room made it feel warm and cozy instead dark and cave like. I can also say that I've had the opportunity to meet mike, mel and danielle whom are all very friendly and nice. That area of 38 is losing it's luster after all of these years. The plaza behind the Pic has dwindled down to two stores? It's a terrible loss after 25+ years and I know my mom and I will miss it, and all of it's employees.
Sandy May 06, 2011 at 07:15 PM
The management DIDNT no the Pub was going to close. If you talk to other people in this line of business you will see this is the way it is usually done. No notice! It doesnt make it right. It is so sad to see all of the Pic People gone. So many people are effected by this in so many different ways. Scotty it is so typical of you to complain. You were always a really nice guy, but really never knew when enough was enough. We all know who ran the Pub into the ground and it wasn't the team you refered to. We were all hard workers, we were a family, we spent day in and day out with each other. And just like you Scotty we had our regulars that we will miss so very much. We tried so hard to keep it a float, but times are tough all the way around. Don't point fingers at the our management team just because they didnt give you your way. Put on your big boy pants and be honest because YOU more than anyone knows who sunk the Pub!! To all the people I have worked with I love you all and wish you only the very best. I am going to miss all of you. To the customers regulars or not we are going to miss you. Some of the people that came into the Pub to eat saw us more than they saw their own children. We cared about these people, we laughed with them, we cried with them, and we sang Happy Birthday to alot of them. Put the blame where it belongs and it's not with our team. This was awful for everyone involved. Dont add salt to the wound, You are not making it easier on anyone!!!
Melissa Gleaton May 06, 2011 at 07:35 PM
Ok, I'll bite. Where DOES the blame belong?
Sandy May 06, 2011 at 08:19 PM
The economy first off. Come on everyone is struggling. Lets face it these are not very good times finacially. Second, when Danielle came in as GM to our store was NOT doing well at all. We were in the red BAD! Danielle, Michael, Melanie, and the rest of the staff helped in pulling OUR restaurant together. We as a team worked our asses off to make the numbers turn around. It wasn't easy by any means, not for any of us. But, we all worked together and we did it. We got the numbers up but it just wasnt enough. Who cares about the food, the prices, or who was managing the place. We as a team worked really hard and we should all be very proud of what we did. I think it is really sad to see things end this way and it is even sadder to see how everyone has been effected by this . We had single moms who worked with us, we had people that had a spouse at home unable to work or unable to find work, we had families that counted on that restaurant making it. I dont think anyone planned on this happening. But lets give credit where credit is due. Our numbers where so bad in the beginning. Danielle posted those numbers weekly on a board for all of us to see. And when we needed improvement they, we as a team did what we had to do to make it work. Its to bad all of our hard work has to be questioned.
Melissa Gleaton May 06, 2011 at 09:03 PM
I don't doubt that this is a major hardship for people. But to say "who cares about the food, the prices or the management" is very shortsighted. My family was spending money weekly there, until things started to slip. Sure, the economy is bad, but people who do have a few extra bucks are not going to go someplace where their take out order is consistently wrong week after week. Bottom line, someone has to be responsible for that, and it's usually the management. I don't know anyone personally over there, so I don't have anything personal against them, but that's part of a boss' job - to be responsible for the whole operation - good or bad. I hope things start to turn around in this town soon, because we just keep adding to the unemployment rolls and the building vacancy rates. I hope your friends find positions soon.
derf May 06, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Sorry to see the Pub close. Having been many times I will miss the place and I feel sorry for the people who worked there. I think some of it is the fault of the economy. I never had a problem with the help there, I thought they did everything they could to make it a pleasant experience, and what I saw most worked very hard. I will say that I thought the food wasn't as good as it once was, and the quantity and quality plus the price was their problem. It was a very friendly place, I will miss it.
Becky Lou May 06, 2011 at 11:09 PM
That is an interesting comment coming from Scotty considering he spent more hours there than most of the staff....combined. Always trying to get his way and the last word. If it was so "corrupt" I wonder why he spent most of his life and life savings there. I always received excellent service and good home made food - not microwaved prepackaged food. I will miss it.
denise May 06, 2011 at 11:41 PM
i am not gonna blame anyone....my kids loved to go there...and the place will be missed...i do feel bad for the workers...we were always welcomed there with a smile! good luck to all....
john smith May 07, 2011 at 02:28 AM
You people seem to love the picadilly. Maybe that is where the problem stems. If it is anything like the one in Waltham then you should all be saying good riddens. I drive through that town enough to know that you need to move on. Get rid of the crap and get on with the future. Build, cut down, grow... Do what it takes and stop whining. If you dont like the taxes dont complain about the town, move to NH. Welcome to taxachusetts. Were you not born here? Tewksbury has been in decline since before I can remember. Maybe if you get rid of all the awful establishments holding you back the town will start to do well again.
BM May 07, 2011 at 05:01 AM
That plaza where the Pic is is almost totally vacant !!!!! Rte 38 is an absolute mess !!! Business dropping like flies !!!! How about the old Purity Supreme store further up on 38 ? That place has been vacant since for 30 yrs maybe ? Why ? I'm sure the Sewer rates for one have something to do with it . How about the town trying to woo some franchises ( Olive Garden for example )into town so that the tax burden will be distributed evenly as opposed to the residents of this town getting the " shaft " with all the increases ? Change starts in the town administrators . When will people starting waking up and voting these incumbents out of town offices ? Wake up people !!!!
Barbara May 07, 2011 at 09:06 PM
I worked there 11 years along with an amazing staff and management when it first opened. My son also worked there at one time too. The people that worked there were more like family then just co-workers. I made beautiful friendships with all of them. You can't tell me that the "owners" didn't know....sorry for all of you that were working there (Carol) and the others that I didn't get a chance to meet Good luck to all of you in your new ventures. Barbara Farren
Bonnie Greenwood May 07, 2011 at 09:24 PM
I would just like to take a minute to express my heartfelt thanks to all the Picadilly Pub patrons, you have made a very hard time in my life a little easier. Your phone calls and notes mean more than you could ever imagine. I never thought I would meet so many caring people and for that I am grateful. Bonnie Greenwood
Stephanie St. George May 07, 2011 at 10:56 PM
Sarah May 07, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Not agreeing or disagreeing with your main points really, but you're off a bit. Purity hasn't been vacant for 30 years, maybe 15-17, still not good, but not 30 years. That complex hasn't been empty aside from the large space for very long over the years. They've changed a few times I guess. We lost Pub Pacific, the Everclear or whatever it is moved, I don't know what happened to Kourys. AT&T wasn't always there... Papa Gino's has lasted, and I doubt the Sky Box will be going anywhere.
Stephanie St. George May 07, 2011 at 11:06 PM
Chris May 11, 2011 at 12:11 PM
Nice to see your comment Steph. You served us our last meal at the Pub on April 28th. Will miss seeing you!
W.B. May 11, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Ari May 13, 2011 at 12:07 PM
Sandy- We LOVED going to the Pic to see you! You always got a great table for us and made us feel right at home when we brought our little boys in. Is there some way to contact you so we can find out if you go to a new restaurant?
Emma May 15, 2011 at 12:54 AM
i loved going to the piccadilly pub in tewksbury. the food was great, the service was great, and the prices were great. it stinks that they had to close=(
kck May 28, 2011 at 09:59 PM
Bonnie we will miss you, Carol, Christine, everyone. Sad and unexpected. hope you are well & we see you again somewhere else! Kathi & Glen.
Joe Public June 30, 2011 at 02:59 PM
You people have no one to blame but your selves. Why is Wilmington crowding in business on Rt 38 when a mere mile up the road its beginning to look like Tewksbury is slowly dieing? The road is in horrible condition, The town is filthy and you take your life in your hands walking along the "sidewalks". All over town there are junk cars and unkempt property....who is enforcing the state and town codes? YOU are the residents and if you sit in your house and do nothing and demand nothing then that's what you get. Start calling the town officials and demand the town gets cleaned up, fixed and improved. There has to be a reason the nest town down Main St is attracting so much new business and Tewksbury is losing it all?????
Joe Public June 30, 2011 at 03:09 PM
AMEN !!!! The town is dirty, filthy and looks like no one cares!! Where is the DPW ?? Where is a Street cleaner? Its almost July and the roads still have sand all over. Grass on many of the traffic islands havent seen a mower yet? The Gazebo area looks like hell!! Maybe a bag of seed and a bit of TLC???? Seems the heads of departments need a little wakeup call. Maybe send them a day to other towns and see what they do right.
Chris July 01, 2011 at 04:20 PM
Let's not forget some of Wilmington's vacancies --- the old D&D Lock, Fudge Properties sections of the "All Floorz strip mall", the building next to Big Joe's at the train station, etc. etc. I've noticied a bunch of left over sand on Rte in Wilmington as well.
SBZZ July 29, 2011 at 02:23 PM
I so agree!!!
scott November 14, 2011 at 05:22 AM
Hi, I live in Lowell, which has its own issues lol, I can only add I went here once probably 2 years ago, and I didn't think this place had much going for it and it was a matter of time before it went under. The location is awful, the food was soaked in too much cheese with a very bad menu, and the decor was less then new. It looked very dirty, has did the surroundings. I thought it needed a rescue from the 1980's. And that's just a honest opinion of a foodie. Have been to many restaurants all over New England, I don't think there was a effort made , a honest effort, to revamp this place by management. It needed a serious update right down to the sign outside. I don't think its right to blame the economy, people go out to eat.... a lot... Good restaurants are always packed in any economy, route 38 is a eyesore in areas. Its all about a town making u feel welcome, everything has a cause and effect, I think Tewksbury needs to make a serious effort to cut out the blight in areas like this, has it would go a long way in helping its own economy, and the economy of it's local buisness. Its hard to compete with areas like the pheasant lane mall or the burlington mall which are close, which is something that has to be considered. Where there is a will there's a way, I don't think there was any will, very similar to the Novel Cafe closing.
David Branga February 11, 2012 at 10:32 PM
And now the North Reading location!
paula drews February 12, 2012 at 02:06 AM
All of them...poor corporate business practice
kck February 12, 2012 at 03:28 AM
It isn't poor business practice as much as poor economy and social circumstance. The Pub was a mediocre restaurant, so can't blame the owners for selling out. They couldn't survive the so-so economy. The only establishments that thrive are the high-end restaurants like Flemings or Ruth's Chris, and the low-end chains like McD's ... middle of the roads like the Pub and Friendly's won't do so well, because their customer base is the middle class, which is unprotected.


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