Christina’s Fireside Grille to Close Saturday

Foxborough’s function hall on Washington Street (Route 1) is closing its doors Saturday, June 30 because the owners reportedly owe more than $500,000 in rent, according to a story on Fox 25.

, located at 2 Washington St., is reportedly closing its doors Saturday, June 30 because the function hall’s owners reportedly owe the property’s landlord $550,000, according to a story on Fox 25.

The property’s landlord, Nicholas Panagopoulos, told Fox 25’s Heather Hegedus Tuesday that the owners of Christina’s, Marjorie Clapprood and her husband, Chris Spinazzola, have not paid rent in two years and owe an additional $120,000 in taxes and utility bills, according to Fox 25.

To read Fox 25’s article on Christina’s closing, click here.

According to a report in the Boston Herald Tuesday, the function hall's abrupt closing will leave about 80 full-time and part-time employees out of work and weddings and other events scrambling to find a new venue.

To read the Boston Herald's article on Christina's closing, click here

Christina's has served the greater Foxborough area as a premiere venue for private functions, including proms, weddings and dinner functions, under the ownership of Clapprood and Spinazzola for 12 years. The function hall can accommodate up to 1,600 guests for an event and has won several local and regional awards for outstanding service.

According to its website, members of Christina’s team are affiliated with the following organizations:

  • National Association of Catering Executives
  • International Special Events Society
  • Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce
  • Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Massachusetts Restaurant Association
  • Board of Trustees of Newbury College
Joseph June 28, 2012 at 02:06 AM
My family and I had dinner here two weeks ago. The menu was spectacular but the food, other than the salads, was horrorendous... It was as if the chef had the night off and the replacements in the kitchen were eighth grade students who, if given a simple task of just boiling water, couldn't. We have been going to this restaurant with its many different names and it was always very good and seemed to do a nice business. it is hard to see two professionals like Margery and Chris fail to honor their obligations. Joe Bank
Boston BBB June 28, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Anyone looking to file a complaint can do so with the Better Business Bureau http://www.bbb.org/boston/business-reviews/hotels/christina-s-in-foxboro-ma-126776
Ryan S June 29, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Drove by this morning and the sign outside says 'opening soon under new management'. quick, hope its some place good!
Renee June 29, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Wow, I really feel bad for anyone with a summer wedding.
Daniel W August 01, 2012 at 05:37 PM
The Holiday Inn in Rockland Massachusetts is offering a special to any Christina's brides that have been displaced. The Holiday Inn Rockland is a premier spot on the south shore for weddings. The hotel is featured on the following video: http://youtu.be/Uqwfb-JJTBw .. The hotel is offering a special to Christina's brides where if you book your Wedding Reception and Guest Rooms with them, the bride and grooms will receive $1,000.00 off the cost and a complimentary one night bridal jr suite! To book this, the bride would need to mention she was displaced from Christina's, and mention this specific concession. The bride should call and ask for Maryellen Gushue at 781-347-9148. Or they may email salesrockland@aol.com


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