Sbarro pizza chain files for bankruptcy. Again. (+video)
Sbarro filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday for the second time in less than three years. The filing comes on the heels of Sbarro's announcement last month that it will close 155 of about 400 restaurants it owns in North America to cut costs.
New York — Sbarro LLC, the pizza restaurant chain, on Monday filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in less than three years, after struggling with too much debt and lower customer traffic in the malls that house many of its restaurants.
The Melville, New York-based company has between $100 million and $500 million in both assets and liabilities, according to court papers.
Last month, Sbarro said it would close 155 of about 400 restaurants it owns in North America to cut costs.
Following those closures, it would still have more than 800 restaurants worldwide, including those owned by franchisees.
Moody's Investors Service in January said Sbarro has also struggled with high food, labor and occupancy costs.
Company representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment about Sbarro's restructuring plans.
It expanded in the New York City area before launching in 1967 its typical restaurant format, which includes an open kitchen and lets customers serve themselves.
The company had previously filed for protection from creditors in April 2011, and emerged from Chapter 11 the following November.
The case is In re: Sbarro LLC, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, No. 14-10557.