Thursday, May 05, 2016
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
Published: Monday, 1/9/2012

Save Packo's

Tony Packo's is as much of a Toledo icon as Jeep, the Mud Hens, and glassware. It's a distinctive symbol of this city's ethnic and working-class roots.

The company is in deep trouble now. Toledoans need not take sides in the dispute that threatens Packo's to want to see it saved.

After a court fight among Packo family members over control of the restaurant chain, a deal to rescue the company fell through last week. The company's would-be owner said a creditor bank had made excessive interest-rate demands.

Two top officials of the current ownership group are accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the company; they deny the charges. Packo's Inc.'s financial problems caused it to be placed into receivership. A judge could order a new auction or ask the company's court-appointed receiver to assign ownership to another bidder.

It's a sad and complicated saga of a company that has been part of Toledo's fabric for 79 years. Toledo needs Tony Packo's not just to feed its appetite, but also to nourish its soul.

The loss of any business is lamentable. But Toledo will be hurt especially hard if Packo's doesn't survive. If there's any way to save the company, now is the time.

Recommended for You

Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.

Related stories