On February 18, 2015, a restaurant named Mama Seafoats closed its doors, marking the first time in its 56-year history that the restaurant chain had closed its entire menu and the last time that it had ever shut down.
After the chain was unable to keep its doors open for more than three weeks, the New York Times ran a story with the headline “It’s a New Beginning.”
A month later, on April 11, 2016, Papa John’s announced that it was closing its doors.
The news was met with a mix of confusion and disbelief among diners, many of whom were unaware that Papa Johns had ever opened in New York.
A number of people were outraged that Papa Johns would suddenly shut down their favorite fast-casual restaurant, and many wondered what exactly Papa Johns was thinking about doing to the world’s most beloved fast-food chain.
What is Mama Seaforld?
Papa John is known for its signature fish, but Papa John himself has never made a public effort to get his signature dish, Mama Seafateri.
Mama Seafaters specialty is a dish that’s similar to a traditional seafood roll.
The main ingredient is fish balls, which are rolled in a flour mixture and stuffed with rice, corn, and vegetables.
Mama’s Seafateria is a traditional way to enjoy fish and seafood with a side of cheese and pasta, and Papa John has even offered it as a snack.
But Papa John wasn’t the only company that made a big splash when it announced that Mama Seafot was closing.
The other chain that had its name removed from its menu was Papa John, Inc. As the New Yorker magazine wrote in an article titled “The New Papa John,” which ran in the summer of 2016, “The chain’s brand identity has been lost forever, but it’s one of the few places in America where the company still operates.
That’s because Papa John still makes it’s signature seafood roll, Mama’s Sea-Dish, at its main locations.
And Papa John wants us to know that we can still enjoy the dish.
In a press release announcing Mama’s demise, Papa Johns said, ‘This was a momentous decision for us and for our franchisee.
And it also was a decision to create a new Papa John.’
‘We have a history of serving great food, and we’re proud to serve it to our loyal customers for decades to come.
It’s a tradition that is shared by every franchisee across America.
Papa John will continue to offer our loyal members of our family the comfort of knowing we are here to serve them, as well as the freshest and most delicious seafood and seafood products available anywhere,’ said David G. Glynn, President, Papa Joes.
Mama Seaforld was the first restaurant in New Jersey to close.
Papa Johns has since expanded its franchise throughout the state, and the chain is now known for Papa John sandwiches and Papa Johns salads.
In September, Papa Johnny’s announced it was moving its headquarters to Florida.
Papa J’s, which has been around for over 50 years, has long been known for serving the same fresh-from-the-oven sandwiches, salads, and other seafood-centric menu items at its restaurants across the country.
So why has Papa John decided to make a change?
According to the Times article, “Mama was not an easy choice for Papa Johns, according to several people familiar with the discussions, including Mr. Glynis, Papa Johnston’s president.
‘They felt it was important to go for a company that was very well known, that was a familiar name, and that had a brand that was loyal to the brand,’ one person said.
‘But they also wanted to take a more conservative approach.’
The company’s decision is a significant one for Papa J. J.
Glynis has said that Papa J was looking for ways to improve its business.
‘I don’t think you can underestimate the challenge we faced,’ he told the Times.
‘It was not a great business model, it was not sustainable, and it was unsustainable.’
But it’s clear that Papa Johnston and Papa J are not the only ones to make this decision.
In addition to Papa John closing Mama Seafoirs, another New York restaurant called Mama’s Fishhouse is also expected to close soon, but that company’s menu has yet to be released.
While Papa John might not be the only restaurant that has been forced to close, it’s becoming increasingly clear that many of the food establishments that Papa has built over the years are now facing the same fate.
Many restaurants that are struggling in the fast-fashion industry, like Papa John in New Orleans, Papa Maria in Florida, and Mama Seaforth in New Hampshire, are going through a similar transition.
There are also other food chains that have recently faced tough times.