Pat & Oscar’s Closes Amidst Layoffs

The place known for its pizza and breadsticks closed late Friday night, laying off approximately 60 people at its Temecula location. Employees say there are plans to re-open.

If you have a craving for Pat&Oscar’s breadsticks, you’re going to have to wait…

The Temecula location of Pat&Oscar’s restaurant abruptly closed Friday night, laying off 60 employees in about 20 minutes, according to reports from former employees.

As a part of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, Pat & Oscar’s has closed three stores – its Temecula, El Cajon and Carlsbad locations, Executive Vice President Tim Foley said in a news release.

A restructuring of the company and the menu are expected in the coming months.

The 11 restaurants that remain, including Inland Empire sites in San Bernardino and Palm Desert, will honor any gift cards and family rewards points. Any pending catering will be transferred to the nearest available location, Foley said.

Employees at other locations said corporate communication indicated that the Temecula location would re-open under new management, but there was no definite date. Pat & Oscars is located at 29375 Rancho California Road, on the corner of Rancho California and Ynez Rd.

The Carlsbad-based restaurant chain opened in 1991 and currently has 18 locations throughout Southern California. There are two others in the Inland Empire in San Bernardino and Palm Desert.

Popeye September 26, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Its a pond not a lake. Sniffle.......):
LBV Collins September 26, 2011 at 05:11 PM
Thanks Popeye. And I’d like to see those statistics, too. In the meantime, you may find these statistics interesting: http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm. It’s a chart showing the percentage of unemployed categorized by education.
Mimi September 26, 2011 at 05:16 PM
You can get yur breadsticks at Costco, John. Meanwhile, we dorks, who do have kids, prefer to eat food that doesn't taste like frozen food. Maybe you should expand your daughters horizons.
Jerry Simeon September 26, 2011 at 05:18 PM
You stand for something or fall for anything...... case in point preceding. All beneficent Catholics and "worthy" representatives of the people are democrats and Socialists?? I guess everyone else are just "Nigglers" then with no real sense of purpose or reason to exist except personal gain and self interests. Obstructionists to anything "actually" meaningful and productive.
Zygo September 26, 2011 at 05:36 PM
I'm not trodding on your rights, you can post anything you want, it's that you should use a little descretion so you don't come off as an idiot. This was an article about a restaurant closing and people discussing their wishes for another restaurant. Re lake or pond - Okay, it is a pond, The Temecula Duck Pond.
Chris September 26, 2011 at 06:30 PM
I wouldn't be against that idea Mimi.
Chris September 26, 2011 at 06:33 PM
What are you talking about? Cities that don't like P&O's turn to crap? That is so asinine it's comical.
Jason Schutz September 26, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Good call!
Dave September 27, 2011 at 03:24 AM
P&O was a fad...their days were numbered when the original family sold out for big money....Look at In & Out, still family owned/operated, what a success !
Popeye September 27, 2011 at 12:23 PM
How would you like to work three weeks and not get paid. Ask the people that worked there. They are not happy.
Tom Plant September 27, 2011 at 02:10 PM
The last thing I would like to see go in there is a franchise or chain restaurant. If we patronize our locally owned independent businesses, we're pumping more money into the local economy. About $43 out of every $100 spent at a chain returns to the local economy. When you spend you're money at a local business, nearly $70 goes back to the local economy. Look at all the local businesses that have gone under. These are our neighbors, and they're turning out fresh, tasty food. Just my two cents.
LBV Collins September 27, 2011 at 02:18 PM
Interesting and useful statistics, Tom. I was unaware of them. Can you tell me where you found this info? Thanks!
Tom Plant September 27, 2011 at 03:58 PM
Hi LBV - Check www.independentwestand.org and www.onelocalfamily.com. I publish www.why-local-matters.com. Together, we can turn the economy around.
Jessica September 27, 2011 at 11:22 PM
okay, you say local business rather than big chain. Anyone talk to RJ's about opening another location down here?
LBV Collins September 28, 2011 at 12:52 PM
Thanks Tom! I'll check out your links.
Pam Grender September 29, 2011 at 12:40 AM
How about a locally owned and run restaurant using healthy, organic food, something like Palumbos in Old Town but with a different theme...California style sandwiches and different types of salads, fresh wild fish, steaks and seafood.
Andy September 29, 2011 at 01:21 AM
Thanks Jerry. Great information!
Steven Cozine September 29, 2011 at 07:22 AM
So after moving to Temecula in 1999, we were lucky to find a family style restaurant in this beautiful valley. My family of 5 loves Pat & Oscar's. (we even liked Oscar's before that). I often marveled at the vision they had to work such a great deal for what I think is the best location in town. Kudos to them. We should all be saddened by the loss of a local company that really supported our community. My family has been to countless fundraisers there. Whether it be for a local music program, or to help a needy family with a very sick child, this treasured place was quick to pitch in.  The restaurant was run very well. I am sad at the loss of jobs in our community too. While we have been blessed with many dining choices in Temecula, I do not expect to see anyone come into this great location with the sense of community responsibility that Pat & Oscar's had. This place provided meaningful jobs to real professionals. And to the younger workers there, I hope that you learned the value of a company that exemplified great service. Oh how many times I was offered a breadstick or sofa while I waited for our meal to be ready. They always came just in time for my young ones to put a smile on their faces. I hope that we'd be lucky enough for the general manager could reassemble such a fine team. The food was simply a great value. It was not a "fine dining" establishment at a high price, rather a very nice place to enjoy some time with my family. Your business will be missed! Thank you
cmobutts September 29, 2011 at 02:20 PM
I would be up for a Karaoke restaurant, with a Polka Oom Pah themed Band and men required to wear Lederhosen.
cmobutts September 29, 2011 at 05:11 PM
Anita You are lame.
Pam Grender September 29, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Say Anita, Did you read the Californian yesterday? Columnist Susan Hall wrote about comments from this website concerning the closing of P and O. This website offers an arena of opinions and some people do pay attention.
Sharin September 29, 2011 at 07:21 PM
Pat and Oscar's was a great asset and participant to this community and it saddens me to know that something has gone so amiss. That having been said - if the feel of the restaurant is going to be altered, I would vote for an Elephant Bar to come in as they have great food and every one of their restaurants is interesting in offerings and ambiance.
Pam Grender September 29, 2011 at 09:32 PM
Anita, You may be right. I think "I nita drink" too. Have a nice evening.
Local Resident September 30, 2011 at 09:57 PM
Fish House Vera Cruz is a really good seafood place...
Local Resident September 30, 2011 at 10:03 PM
Popeye, I don't agree with many things you have to say re: your comments to the articles on this sight, but in this case I think you're right, although I would have put it a little more gently. I have never been a big fan of Pat -n- Oscars, only the bread sticks! They rule... This isn't really the economy for a "high end" anything, but I think something "nicer" than PnO's would fit nicely in there. Such a beautiful location to go to such a waste...
Local Resident September 30, 2011 at 11:56 PM
Sounds EXACTLY like what I'VE been looking for... I would LOVE that. :)
Local Resident October 01, 2011 at 12:01 AM
Although I didn't much care for the food there, in fact, only ever ate there for the above mentioned fundraisers, you are absolutely correct. They were a huge part of this community and simply for that, will be missed. Well stated Mr. Cozine.
Angie October 15, 2011 at 01:52 AM
I would like to have the Cheesecake Factory here.
Cik Bast October 15, 2011 at 11:53 AM
Pat and Oscar's was far from a a great asset. Crappy food. I second a more upscale eatery, to replace it.
D October 17, 2011 at 06:54 PM


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