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Specialty’s Café & Bakery is going out of business forever after a 33-year run. 

The Bay Area-based restaurant chain fell victim to the COVID-19 lockdown. A big portion of the company’s revenue has always depended on office catering orders, the stay-at-home policy harmed that irreversibly. 

Specialty’s Café’ owners, FEMSA Comercio, released a statement on May 15th explaining the hard decision: 

“Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery is closing after 33 years of business. Current market conditions attributed to COVID-19 and shelter-in-place policies have decimated company revenues,” representatives said in a one-paragraph on the Specialty’s website.

“Our last day of operations will be Tuesday, May 19th, 2020. Our customer service team will be reaching out to cancel and refund any orders placed for Wednesday, May 20th and beyond. We sincerely thank you for your business and support over the years.”

The statement is currently available on the main page of Specialty’s official website, with all other pages already inactive, reports Pleasanton Weekly.  

Specialty’s Café & Bakery brand was founded in 1987 and soon gained popularity for its always-fresh baked goods, breakfast, and lunches. In 2014 the company, had already grown into a chain of 50 shops all over the U.S., moved its headquarters to Pleasanton and was acquired by a Mexican-based corporation FEMSA in 2016. 

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