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Specialty's Café & Bakery closing all locations permanently

Uploaded: May 17, 2020
Citing revenue that has been "decimated" by the coronavirus and shelter-in-place mandates, Bay Area-born chain Specialty's Cafe & Bakery announced that the company will be shutting down all of its locations permanently.


Specialty's Café & Bakery, which is headquartered in Pleasanton, is closing all locations effective Tuesday, May 19. Photo by Ryan J. Degan/Pleasanton Weekly.

"Specialty's Café & Bakery is closing after 33 years of business," reads a message posted to the company website. "Current market conditions attributed to COVID-19 and shelter-in-place policies have decimated company revenues."

The company, which was founded in 1987, operates more than 50 cafes in California, Washington and Illinois, including locally in Palo Alto, Redwood City, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and San Mateo.

Specialty's served sandwiches, salads and other casual fare at its locations and through business catering, a segment of business that has fallen off for all local restaurants. The company had kept locations open for takeout and delivering donated meals to local hospitals, according to social media posts.

The cafes' final day of operations will be Tuesday, May 19. The company's customer service team will reach out to cancel and refund any orders placed for May 20 and beyond, according to the statement posted online.

"We sincerely thank you for your business and support over the years," the company said.
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