Restaurant franchise group Blue Mountain Cafes announced they are closing their three Phoenix area Corner Bakery Cafe locations effective immediately. The three restaurants impacted by the closing are located at 1949 E. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix, 15507 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale and 222 S. Mill Ave. in Tempe. These closings are not an indication or reflection of the overall health of the brand. Corner Bakery Cafe currently has nearly 200 company-owned and franchised locations and are continuing to open new restaurants in communities across the country.

Guests who enjoyed the ingredient-inspired meals and bakery sweets at these cafes can visit the two other Arizona cafes, at:

• Arizona Center – 455 N 3rd Street, Ste 1065, Phoenix, AZ 85004

• Wilmot – 203 S Wilmot, Tucson, AZ 85711

All gift cards will be honored at these location as well as any other Corner Bakery Café in the country.

“We love Phoenix and are extremely sad to make this difficult announcement and decision,” says Blue Mountain Cafes CEO Jim Long. “We will be focusing on our businesses in other states.”

Long cites the recent minimum wage increase as a contributing factor in their decision to close the Phoenix area locations. All employees working at the three impacted Corner Bakery Cafes have been given severance packages due to the closures.

“We want to thank the Phoenix community and our customers for their patronage and loyalty,” says Long.