One in all California’s Oldest Pizza Chains Closes Three Shops

  • Mary’s Pizza Shack introduced three retailer closings in a Fb submit on January 7, pointing to “evolving challenges that each domestically owned restaurant is tackling.”
  • The chain, based in 1959 by Mary Fazio, nonetheless has 9 areas in California’s North Bay space.

Mary’s Pizza Shack, one in all California’s oldest pizza chains, has closed down three areas attributable to hovering meals and labor prices, the corporate introduced in a Fb submit.

The January 7 submit mentioned shops in Dixon, Novato and Napa, California, shall be closed completely. “Sadly, this was a needed motion as we proceed restructuring our Noni’s enterprise amidst the evolving challenges that each domestically owned restaurant is tackling,” the submit learn.

“We introduced this summer season that our household was embarking on a succession plan that might contain direct owner-operator oversight of every location,” the submit continued. “Whereas we had hoped that these three areas could be included on this succession plan, the unchanging realities of elevated meals and labor prices, combined with different compounding points going through our trade, led to this troublesome resolution.”

The three closures deliver Mary’s Pizza Shack all the way down to 9 areas, all in California. The chain had 20 eating places within the North Bay in 2014.

Mary Fazio (Mary’s Pizza Shack / Fb)

Mary’s Pizza Shack is a member of PMQ’s Pizza Corridor of Fame and is likely one of the few present U.S. pizza chains based by a lady. Mary Fazio opened it in 1959 in Boyes Scorching Springs, California, with simply $600 in financial savings and the pots and pans from her personal kitchen. Different members of her household concerned within the operation included Mary’s son, Toto, and his spouse, Peggy, in addition to Mary’s daughter, Anna. Her second husband, Frenchie Fazio, continued to work on the restaurant even after their divorce till he handed away in 1985, in line with NorthBayBiz.com.

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“She simply cherished working within the unique shack,” Vince Albano, her grandson and the corporate’s present CEO, informed PMQ. “She had it arrange in order that the kitchen was open to the eating room, and he or she’d sit and make her pizza and pasta, taking good care of prospects and singing to herself.”

Regardless of latest setbacks, the Fb submit acknowledged that Mary’s Pizza Shack will “proceed to take the important steps to protect Mary’s legacy for the following era.”

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