Dec. 29, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez
Sizzle Pie, the pizza restaurant with roots in Oregon, has closed its two Williamsburg locations.
The 457 Graham Ave. site, which opened in January, and 357 Bedford Ave. site opened shortly after have closed for business today, according to Bob Peyton, the director of operations for Sizzle Pie.
Peyton was at the empty Sizzle Pie location on Graham Avenue, and did not reveal why the two Brooklyn restaurants closed.
Neither Brooklyn location is listed on Sizzle Pie’s website, and the Bedford Avenue location is listed as “permanently closed” on Yelp.
Sizzle Pie, known for its metal rock aesthetic and unconventional pizza variations, was founded by Michael “Mikey” McKennedy and Matt Jacobson in 2011 in Portland. The restaurant has grown in popularity over the years, and was met with much buzz when news of its expansion to Brooklyn was revealed.
Sizzle Pie also won the 2016 Pizza Today Independent Pizzeria of the Year award.
The pizzeria’s closing appears abrupt, as three jobs listings were posted earlier this month seeking cooks and counter staff for the Bedford Avenue location.
In a statement, Jacobson said the two locations closed on Dec. 28, and cited three reasons for their decision:
“We had a great year in New York and it was a blast. But the immense travel costs, a challenging labor pool and extremely high staff turnover in New York all combined to make for an unsustainable long term business for us. We want to thank everyone who welcomed us with open arms and all of the New Yorkers who said our pizza is legit. We will truly miss you all. Come see us in Portland and the Pacific Northwest any time. Party on!”
Update 12/19 7:14 p.m. – Statement from Sizzle Pie co-owner added.