The Amato Pizza at Queen and Bathurst has been shuttered.
Since August 2005, the restaurant has been the centre of an organized boycott. Former employees charged that pay cheques were late or bounced, they were not financially compensated for overtime, and that owners Walter Cerenaka and Massimo and Giuseppe Colantonio also fired employees without severance. Now it would appear that the company has also failed to pay the rent. A letter dated March 23, 2007, states that landlord Harold Vogel has terminated the lease because of “arrears in rent and other charges” and that the owners had until March 29 to “remove all assets.”
Today, curious passerby peeked in the windows to see that the place had been cleaned out down to the last pizza box. Comments overheard ranged from “huh?” to “well it looks like they got what they deserved.” If anybody has more information, post a comment.