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This Pizza Chain Just Closed Its Last Location in This State

This closure isn't related to the pandemic, the restaurant's general manager says.

Papa John's recently announced the addition of 180 restaurants across North America by 2026. While that national chain is thriving in an unprecedented year, some local ones haven't been quite as fortunate.

An adored Texas-based pizzeria, which uses brick ovens that weigh over 20,000 pounds, is shuttering its last location at the end of November—but not for the reason you may think. The Brick Oven, a wood-fired pizza restaurant in North Austin, is closing its doors following 38 years in business after its lease wasn't renewed by landlord and neighboring grocery store H-E-B, according to a post on its website aptly titled "2020 is the worst." (Others would agree—here are 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer.)

"We opened the patio, sanitized times ten, we made changes, we added deals where we could. We survived where numerous other Austin staples couldn't, managing to float the balance of bills, charity work, local support and all the rest we were faced with," the announcement says. "It was impossible to predict that the HEB would announce its intention to grow and shutter the businesses in the center."

Customers have until Nov. 30 to stop by for one final pie, and earnings will be used to help find a new location. Another Brick Oven location on Red River Street closed in March, "citing the pandemic and outpacing growth in the surrounding area as insurmountable obstacles," according to local news station KVUE.

News of restaurants shutting their doors for good has rocked the food industry ever since the start of the pandemic. For more, here are The Saddest Restaurant Closures in Your State.

Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more
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