— — Papa’s Pizza in Naples is closing all its Pizza places in Naples and Florida, the company announced Monday.
The company said the closures are in response to recent threats that have been made against the restaurant and the people who work there.
Pizza locations in both Naples and Miami-Dade County are being shut down until further notice, the pizza chain said in a statement.
“In light of recent threats made against Papa’s in Naples, the Pizza franchisee community and the general public, we are making this difficult decision to close our remaining locations,” the company said.
In a letter sent to the company’s Naples franchisee, franchisee Bill Daley, Papa’s said the restaurant would close the restaurants for a week in August in response.
It said the locations will reopen in September.
Daley’s letter said the restaurants have been open since 1995.
The letter did not say when the restaurants would reopen.
Papa, founded in 1945 in Naples by brothers John and George Papadopoulos, operates the largest Italian restaurant chain in the U.S. It is a chain of more than 800 Papa John’s restaurants in the Miami-Ft.
Lauderdale and Broward areas.
Its franchisees are located in more than 160 countries and territories, according to its website.
Pizza was the company to close its first Naples location in 1998.PASO is the brand name of the Naples-based pizza restaurant, Papa.
Its first restaurant opened in the Naples area in 1947.