There is a casualty in the great E Olive Way pot land rush. Amante Pizza will no longer be operating its infamous, pulsating display sign at the corner of E Olive Way and Denny.
Calls to the Hill pizza joint reveal that it has shut down operations at its longtime home and is referring customers to delivery from its 10th Ave E location. We’re still trying to connect with ownership to find out more about the closure.
Late last month, CHS reported on the latest jockeying for position as competing concerns race to open retail marijuana shops on E Olive Way. Uncle Ike’s and The Reef appear poised to bring the pot industry to this bottom of the Hill.
The Reef ownership, which also operates a store in Bremerton, has engaged big-time architects Olson Kundig for the “partial tenant improvement for mercantile use” set to transform the Amante building. CHS is told the retail upgrades will involve most but not all of the building.
Amante’s is known for its relatively cheap pizza, interesting assortment of delivery dudes, and, of course, the flashing sign. It went dark after complaints in the fall of 2015 before snapping back to life in the summer of 2016.
Owner George Kozhuharov took over Amante amid a wave of pizza activity on Capitol Hill in 2016. Upgrades included a slice window along E Olive Way.
For now, the Denny at E Olive Way Amante’s floats in a corporeal drift as employees inform callers the location is now “delivery only.”
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