*Marie Callender's parent files for bankruptcy

The reorganization plan announced by Memphis-based Perkins & Marie Callender's Inc. includes the closing of 58 restaurants, though it's unclear how many are Callender's and where they're located. Marie Callender's operates 89 restaurants in California and the Southwest, down from 138 in 2006 when the chain merged with Perkins. Obviously, the recession has taken its toll. From the OC Register:

With the help of her husband, Cal, who did the books, and son Don, Marie Callender sold the family car for $700 and launched a wholesale pie-baking business in the 1940s. By 1948, the wholesale business took off in Orange County. Marie's son, Don, opened the first pie and coffee shop in Orange in 1964. Dozens more followed over the next two decades. Don eventually sold Marie Callender's to Ramada Inc. in 1986. Since then, the Mission Viejo-based chain has struggled to stay relevant with diners under various owners, including Perkins.

As part of the restructuring, private-equity firm Wayzata Investment Partners is expected to gain majority control this fall. A Seattle television station reports that three Callender's stores were abruptly closed over weekend, with some customers told to leave the restaurant in the middle of their meals (did they have to pay?).

*Update: Here's the list of 13 Callender's being closed in California (via the OC Register):

2090 Diamond Blvd. Concord, CA.
20 W. Cochran Street Simi Valley, CA.
1990 Trower Ave. Napa, CA.
1101 S. California Boulevard Walnut Creek, CA.
2460 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa, CA.
3400 Clares Street Capitola, CA.
5B Serramonte Center Daly City , CA.
9134 E. Stockton Blvd. Elk Grove, CA.
18070 San Ramon Valley Blvd. San Ramon, CA.
1391 N. Davis Rd. Salinas, CA.
1435 V Street Merced, CA.
790 W. Winton Ave Hayward, CA.
6081 Center Drive Los Angeles, CA.

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