‘Series of unfortunate events’ leads to Gandolfo’s closing


Gandolfo’s in Whitestown has closed its doors along with three other locations in the Indianapolis area. (File photo)

By Heather Lusk

Gandolfo’s Deli in Whitestown has closed along with four other locations in the Indianapolis area. All four franchises appeared to be under the same family ownership.

The Fishers location is expected to reopen in the near future with a new owner according to Dain Pool, chief development officer for Pool Restaurant Group, which owns Gandolfo’s.

“We ran into a series of unfortunate events with a franchisee,” Pool said. “(The) stores were successful and we’re looking forward to (re)opening Fishers.”

“It has nothing to do with the brand,” he said and is adamant at keeping the number of franchises low to ensure quality of the product.

Pool added that across the country Gandolfo’s Deli locations are successful.

“We have a low closure rate,” he said. “In 25 years we’ve never been blindsided.”

The Whitestown franchise opened Sept. 21, 2015, at the Marketplace at Anson. It was the fifth location of the New York Style deli to open in Indiana in 15 months but currently only the Carmel location remains.

According to a note on the deli’s door, the location was closed effective Feb. 14 by the landlord, Midland Atlantic Properties.

“Entry to the space without notice to and permission from the Landlord will be considered trespassing,” stated the note.

Aaron Boyle, managing principal of Midland Atlantic Properties, couldn’t comment on Gandolfo’s Deli closing but said that there are other businesses interested in renting the 2,878-square-foot space.

“The space is available and we’re trying to lease it,” he said.

The kitchen equipment on the property is owned by another party, but Boyle speculated that it could be repurchased if requested by a new tenant.

Gandolfo’s offers a wide variety of New York-inspired sandwich options in addition to salads, soups, pasta, desserts and Nathan’s hot dogs.