Final 2 Marie Callender’s in Utah shut down

(Photo courtesy of Marie Callender's)

Utah must say goodbye to fresh pies from Marie Callender’s.

The state’s two remaining restaurants were closed earlier this week, when its parent company filed for bankruptcy protection.

The Marie Callender’s at 1109 E. 3900 South in the Salt Lake Valley and at 1600 N. 1000 West in Layton were among 29 U.S. restaurants shuttered Sunday, by Perkins & Marie Callender’s Holding LLC., as it reorganizes under Chapter 11.

The bankruptcy filing is the second in eight years for the Memphis-based company, which has nearly 400 outlets under the two family-dining brands in the United States, Canada and Mexico, Reuters reports.

Marie Callender’s — known for its comfort food and pies — operated several locations in Utah. In 2011, the financially struggling company closed stores in West Valley City, Midvale and Bountiful along with others across the nation.

The cuts continued Sunday, when the company closed 10 Perkins locations in Florida, Kansas, Minnesota and Wisconsin; and 19 Marie Callender’s in California and Utah.

The Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, 230 N. Admiral Byrd Road, near the Salt Lake City International Airport, remains open.

Company officials said decreased sales, increased food and labor costs, as well as a tight labor market, led to the bankruptcy filing.