Following its bankruptcy filing in June, Michigan chain Olga's Kitchen has shuttered its Campus Martius-area location. The news came last Friday as crews unceremoniously removed the restaurant's massive cylindrical sign featuring a pita wrap from the corner of the Compuware Building, according to Daily Detroit. The location opened in 2012. "It was a shock when they called us up and said the sign has to come down," neon sign maker Eddie Dhroso tells The Detroit Free Press. "You don't do this big a sign very often."
In a statement posted on Facebook Friday evening, Olga's confirmed the closure explaining that it was the result of a mutual agreement between the company and Bedrock Real Estate services. Employees were "encouraged to apply for currently open positions at our remaining 26 Michigan locations."
The chain, which celebrated its 45th Anniversary on last spring, had nearly 50 locations at its peak and plotted a major brand expansion in late 2013. In a statement to the Free Press, Bedrock Real Estate says it plans to announce a new tenant within the next few weeks. "Bedrock was happy to work with Olga's to relieve the company of its lease obligation and outstanding debt, enabling this longtime Michigan business to take an important step forward in the financial restructuring of the entire restaurant chain," says Dan Mullen, executive vice president at Bedrock.