Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Business & Finance
  3. Small Business

Latest victim of fast food Gus & Paul's to close in Springfield

See also

Since 1958, Gus & Paul's in Springfield has served fresh breakfast and lunch to patrons. But those days are coming to an end. As reported yesterday, December 30 on Masslive.com, small business Gus & Paul's is closing its doors tonight, December 31, and may never re-open.

Owner Gordon Weissman posted a picture of a "Closed for Remodeling" sign on Gus & Paul's Facebook page, but the caption was less optimistic. "Tomorrow may be my last day at 1209. [I'm] trying to get something worked out[,] but I will be closing New Years Eve at 8 p.m. and I am not sure if I will reopen and certainly not [until] Valentines Day [at] the earliest. So if you need a G n P fix tomorrow could be your last chance," he wrote.

According to Masslive.com, Gus & Paul's has been plagued with tax problems in the past few years. Eleven months ago, the deli was seized by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue for owing $53,000 in back taxes. Six months before that, the deli sent out an appeal to the community to save it.

But there may be more to the closing than reported. Two recent reviews posted Gus & Paul's Facebook page indicate that the business end was falling apart. "Really wish I could write a good review for this place, but I can't. The bakery is decent. The deli is a mess: overpriced, terrible, terrible service. Two stars [is] unfortunately a gift," one patron wrote.

"Last cake I bought from them was stale," another patron wrote.

Still, Gus & Paul's Yelp review page gives it four out of five stars, with nine reviews total. Either way, it is hard for a small business, particularly a deli and bakery, to compete in a climate where large grocery store chains sell premium baked goods and chain sandwich shops prepare panini and exotic soups.

Advertisement

News

  • Mt. Everest avalanche
    Disaster strikes Mt. Everest as at least 12 people were killed in an avalanche
    Video
    Watch Video
  • Most Earthlike planet discovered
    The Kepler telescope has discovered the most Earthlike, possibly habitable planet yet
    Space News
  • Easter crosses create debate
    Easter crosses spark a debate of separation of church and state in Ohio
    Headlines
  • Chelsea Clinton is preggers
    Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child
    Headlines
  • Stanley Cup playoffs
    The battle for Lord Stanley's Cup is on, don't miss a minute of playoff action
    Sports
  • Ukraine discussed amongst U.S., E.U., Russia
    The U.S., E.U. and Russia agree on ways to diffuse the tension in Ukraine
    Video
    Watch Video

Related Videos:

  • transcendence
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518200134" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518200134&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Business planning
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517291376" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=517291376&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Bank Wire Money Transfer
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zH_KZtbjtSc?VQ=HD720&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!