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Mar 6, 2014 07:14 AM

Sbarro get's ready for bankruptcy reorganization.............

CNBC just reported this so I googled it and found this article. To be perfectly honest I have no idea how this chain has made it as long as it had. I remember as a kid in the 80's the novelty of an "Italian" food place in the food court was cool, get a plate of baked ziti etc. Well I'm not 10 years old anymore and that novelty wore off around the same time as the end of the cold war.

How do companies like this survive? When is the last time any of you had a Sbarro slice of pizza? For me it's been about 10 years since Aruba re-did their airport Sbarro was the only food in the airport prior to their renovation.

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  1. Could be one less option at the Fort Lauderdale airport, and there aren't many now.

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    1. re: Veggo

      You know as well as I do that in a location like that something else will move right into it's spot. In my opinion whatever it is that moves in has to be an improvement.

      1. re: jrvedivici

        I expect little pleasure from airport food. A pleasant exception is Denver, so this is my DIA food shout-out.

    2. I have such good memories of eating there as a teen at the mall!

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      1. re: UTgal

        I liked it when I worked at a mall, but mall traffic is down these days. Double whammy: fewer customers and more sophisticated (to some extent) expectations

      2. I've always wondered how Sbarro survived as long as it did. The pizza was vile, the pasta dishes mush...I know not to expect a lot from food court food but even as a college student they were always a last resort of extreme desperation for me, and I'd try to stick with a salad and bread.

        1. When Sbarro declared bankruptcy, an article in Slate called it "America's Least Essential Restaurant". LOL. May that be their epitaph.

          (I couldn't read the article linked by JR because it seems to be behind a paywall.)

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          1. re: drongo

            Wow I'm sorry! I just googled it and this article came up so I copy paste the link. I was able to view it then but now when I click the link it does want a subscription. Sorry!

            1. re: jrvedivici

              Actually if I go to and search for Sbarro, I can access the WSJ article!

              I hadn't realized Sbarro had emerged from the earlier bankruptcy and was planning to file again.

              Sneering aside, I can understand the "Least Essential" label. Other low-end fast-food restaurants, even McDonalds, have their own distinctive menu items. But Sbarro has only the most basic Italian-American menu items, and so bland, soggy and unappetizing that they make even other Italian-American chain restaurants seem good!

              1. re: drongo

                The funny thing about the people running Sbarro -- none of them seem to be Italian.

                1. re: Tripeler

                  The family that founded it were from Naples.

                  1. re: John E.

                    Any original family members left in the company?
                    We have a Sbarro here in Tokyo, and after a visit I got nostalgic for my old middle school cafeteria.

          2. I have a soft spot in my heart for Sbarro because I used to eat there all the time when I was young, broke and working at the World Trade Center.