Taylor Gourmet is Shockingly Closing All of its Washington, D.C. Locations
According to Eater Washington, D.C on September 21st, 2018, in absolutely shocking sub shop news, Washingtonian reports that Taylor Gourmet, beloved local sandwich chain with over a dozen locations in D.C., is closing every store in its portfolio. The last day for all D.C.-area Taylor Gourmet shops is Sunday, September 23 — two days from today.
There have been rumblings about trouble with Taylor, but no expectations of a closing of this magnitude. Earlier this month Eater D.C. reported that Taylor was considering scaling back a bit, possibly closing three of their stores. Now, all their D.C. stores — plus two in Chicago — will all be closed by weekend’s end. Taylor is also very likely about to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, says Washingtonian.
There are not yet official details on the reason for the mass shutter, though Taylor is officially blaming too-fast expansion. Washingtonian says, however, that a handful of folks close to the business blame a meeting between Taylor owner Casey Patten and President Trump for a huge amount of the trouble. Taylor faced higher than expected backlash after Owner Casey Patten met with President Trump at a business roundtable; an anonymous source told the website that the company’s sales dropped a dramatic 40% the day after the meeting and haven’t improved much since. A spokesperson for the company denied that as a reason for the mass shutter, however.
Eater has learned another homegrown brand is lending a helping hand to newly jobless Taylor Gourmet employees. Fast-growing Mediterranean chain Cava is holding a job fair on Tuesday, September 25 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Cava’s Chinatown and Mosaic District locations. “They will be open interviews where any Taylor team member can walk-in and meet with a Cava manager,” spokesperson Ben Famous tells Eater.
Interested employees are encouraged to apply in advance for various Cava positions across the tri-state area.