All Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery restaurants will close permanently – The Mercury News

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Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery, known for its baked goods and sandwiches, will close all of its locations. (Photo courtesy of Specialty’s)

The concept of working from home has dealt a final blow to Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery.

The Pleasanton-based chain whose specialty was serving the weekday lunch crowd and delivering boxed lunches for office meetings is shutting down for good.

Tuesday, May 19, will be the last day for more than 50 locations in three states.

“Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery is closing after 33 years of business. Current market conditions attributed to COVID-19 and shelter-in-place policies have decimated company revenues,” reads the announcement on the company’s website, which is now just a landing page. “Our customer service team will be reaching out to cancel and refund any orders placed for Wednesday, May 20th and beyond. We sincerely thank you for your business and support over the years.”

The chain, founded in 1987 in the Bay Area, relied heavily on its revenue from corporate catering, with food deliveries for in-office lunch meetings that stopped when the coronavirus shutdown went into effect in mid-March. However, many of the locations started offering takeout and delivery.

More than 50 cafes in California, Washington and Illiniois are affected.

According to the Pleasanton Weekly, the company’s headquarters moved to Pleasanton in 2014 and the chain was acquired by Mexico-based FEMSA a couple of years after that.

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