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Portland’s Sizzle Pie says can’t cut it in Seattle, shutting down Capitol Hill pizzeria and Dark Bar

Burnside-born Sizzle Pie could make its recipe of metal and pizza work in Portland, Eugene and even Reno. But Seattle? Not so much. The pizzeria chain announced Tuesday it is closing its Capitol Hill joint and sister venue Dark Bar at the end of August due to what it says are the rising costs of doing business in Seattle:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the imminent closure of our Capitol Hill location on August 31, 2019. We are eternally grateful for all of the wonderful years that we were able to be a part of the Capitol Hill community. We’ve worked alongside so many great organizations and local businesses in our time here and we will miss you all dearly.

“Unfortunately, the continually rising overhead and operating costs in Seattle have brought us to the very difficult decision to close this location,” the statement reads.

A spokesperson for Sizzle Pie said he couldn’t add much to the statement but did say the company “supports a fair wage” and the statement wasn’t meant as much as a jab at Seattle as an explanation that sales were not keeping up with costs in Seattle and elements like the new sweetened beverage tax. UPDATE: Chief operating officer Bob Peyton declined to comment on the statement.

All other Sizzle Pie locations in Oregon and Nevada will remain open, the spokesperson said.

Dark Bar

Sizzle Pie and the Dark Bar arrived on E Union on the backside of the Pike/Pine nightlife scene in the spring of 2016. “Our whole approach is to have something for everyone,” Matt Jacobson, who founded Sizzle Pie with partner Mikey McKennedy in 2011, told CHS at the time. With a menu of party-flavored standards, vegan, and gluten free pies, plus really, really loud music, the shop turned out slices and pick-up orders for Pike/Pine revelers and patrons headed to nearby Optimism Brewing.

The location was previously home to the Auto Battery sports bar and Po Dog hot dogs. There are no businesses yet publicly lined up for the pizza joint and bar spaces. The Sizzle Pie spokesperson declined to offer more details on the timing of the closure but it is common for leases to have opt-out periods.

Private dance club The Mercury, meanwhile, continues to do its thing downstairs.

The exit of Sizzle Pie will leave a large hole in the slow expansion of Pike/Pine south into the gap between E Pike and Seattle University. There are still signs of growth. E Union’s Metier just underwent an overhaul and brought in new partner Homegrown to add its cycling-focused offerings. Meanwhile, the zone south of E Pike is also facing more possible change with the Central Agency Building development now on the market.


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Mark
Mark
1 year ago

Their pizza crust tasted like cardboard. zPizza on Broadway made a similar claim when they were forced to close and they had no one to blame but their awful pizza.

Fred
Fred
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark

Ditto…….

Fairly Obvious
Fairly Obvious
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark

I remember when they first opened up and had $3 draft microbrews at happy hour, which was the best deal this side of the Cascades.

Their pizza however was passable…after a few of these $3 beers.

I remember their pizza being much better in Portland, but I’ve also been somewhat inebriated when I order it down there.

rankler
rankler
1 year ago

Their pizza was bad and their atmosphere was worse. It felt like a fast food joint inside, only with shittier music playing so loud you couldn’t easily converse.

I’ve started going to Southpaw a lot, which is only a few blocks away and much better.

Big Rad Fag Dad
Big Rad Fag Dad
1 year ago

Daddy’s very disappointed

Don’t make me take my belt off

Cody
1 year ago

“party-flavored standards”?

Lack of Pizzazz
Lack of Pizzazz
1 year ago

Every other pizza joint in Capitol Hill can warm up a slice in 1-2 min whereas Sizzle Pie would be 5-10 min. Maybe their ovens or their inefficient workflow is to blame for high operating costs.

nettles
nettles
1 year ago

their pizza is hit or miss, but their atmosphere is awesome. love music and art they have there. I’ll miss ya!!!!

AH
AH
1 year ago

I liked the pizza – they had a great gluten free, but I couldn’t justify spending THIRTY DOLLARS on a 2 topping pie.

Michael
Michael
1 year ago

It was bland

rankler
rankler
1 year ago

Next step is to get rid of all the poke places that are blighting the neighborhood.

Bob Knudson
Bob Knudson
1 year ago
Reply to  rankler

Disagree. Poke is delicious, healthy, and affordable. What’s not to like?

rankler
rankler
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob Knudson

But most poke places suck. Hugely. Poor quality freezer-burned fish, veggies that are whatever the opposite of fresh is, gross sauces, and overcooked rice.

Good poke places are fine, but how many are there? One out of fifty?

James
James
1 year ago
Reply to  rankler

You sound racist dude.

Sorry not every place can be Taco Bell for your baby tastebuds

Sloopy
Sloopy
1 year ago
Reply to  James

Not liking Poke is racist? You need to get out more.

Vivienne
Vivienne
1 year ago

That’s too bad.
My partner and I went a couple times, I thought it was very average, he thought it wasn’t even that. I agree that it did take a long time to heat up, and also never felt very clean in there. Didn’t even know they had GF either. I enjoy their pizza in Portland though, so not sure what the deal is.
Thanks Sizzle Pie – see you in PDX.

Blade Eagle
Blade Eagle
1 year ago

Go back Portland ya hippies Pagliacci delivers beer and wine!

Molasses
Molasses
1 year ago
Reply to  Blade Eagle

Show us taxes! Squak!

Molasses
Molasses
1 year ago
Reply to  Blade Eagle

Show us your taxes! Squak!

CharlyEFingBrown
CharlyEFingBrown
1 year ago

Amazon yuppies don’t like metal. They want their pizza with a side of priviledge and shitty pop music. Tech has killed the hills culture.

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

lol what are you talking about? Sizzle Pie is the most bland Amazon style place there is…. The Hill is a million times better than the Modern Condo-ridden Portland. Portland sucks balls.

YouPoser
YouPoser
1 year ago

Yes… that venerated Capitol Hill culture of a chain from Portland that moved here in 2016.

Matthew
Matthew
1 year ago
Reply to  YouPoser

Best response ever!

Matthew
1 year ago
Reply to  YouPoser

Multiple Matthews enjoy your response!

zeebleoop
zeebleoop
1 year ago

Seeing as this was a Portland import from 3 years ago I’m not quire sure what you’re complaining about? Sizzle Pie was never, truly, a part of the “hills” (really?) culture. Now, if this were Hot Mama’s, or even Big Mario’s, I might say you’re onto something.

Otherwise it just sounds like you are raging against buzzwords given to you by the party line.

dodobird
dodobird
1 year ago
Reply to  zeebleoop

think they mean the hill’s

MS
MS
1 year ago

Some of us work in tech and hate what it’s done to the area too though. Rather have tons of dive bars, loud metal and punk music any day over rich “tech” hipster bullshit any day of the week.

Jeff Bezos
1 year ago

oh wow, another loser complaining about amazon

Danny
Danny
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Bezos

Amazon sucks shit and I hope the whole company goes under. And I don’t care about who loses a job. They work you under slave conditions so it should be a relief.

Bring back old Seattle.

Matthew
Matthew
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Bezos

“Slave conditions”? LOL!!!!

Brad
Brad
1 year ago

This place was never it. I miss watching sports at Auto Battery. Auto Battery and Po Dog – that was it man.

Ryan
Ryan
1 year ago
Reply to  Brad

Totally agree. Even if I left feeling 10lbs heavier, that place was the best to hangout.

π
π
1 year ago

This place was pretty okay although their quality was very variable. Shame they couldn’t make it work but there’s consistently-better pizza on the hill. Now I just wonder what’s going to be the next place that people go to for something cheap to bring to Optimism.

Rankler
Rankler
1 year ago
Reply to  π

If they are drinking Optimism’s beer already, their standards for food will be pretty low too.

stu
stu
1 year ago

Sizzle Pie was obviously garbage, but Dark Bar was a fun change of pace. Alas. Bring back Auto Battery.

Jess
Jess
1 year ago

I miss Auto Battery being an Auto shop specializing in restoring old cars electrical systems.

CD Rez
CD Rez
1 year ago

The pizza was great if you got a fresh whole pie. I loved the old dirty. the slices sat around forever tho. I loved dark bar but my pizza and heavy drinking days are very limited these days. so it goes..

Nick
Nick
1 year ago

not surprised. went there around 15 times over the past couple years and they consistently have the worst service of any pizza place i’ve ever been to in seattle. it’s like no one gives a shit about anything there. just a buncha goth and scene kids who think they’re too cool to serve the average customer. pitiful waste of a wonderful location in cap hill. bring back po boys!!!!!

James
James
1 year ago
Reply to  Nick

Get your bro bullshit over to Ballard and stay off the Hill. Sizzle Pie sucks but we don’t need your weird hate Here.

Carlos
Carlos
1 year ago

Thank goodness. If the staff weren’t such a-holes, people would support the business.

Cool Points
Cool Points
1 year ago

My wife and I would walk over and have a slice every now and then. It was decent Pizza but damn they had the worst customer service. RIP Sizzle. May the ghosts of disgruntled hipsters haunt the walls forever. See ya never!

Fjnd
Fjnd
1 year ago

I will miss their enormous painted exhortation on the back of their building, over the playground of the neighboring daycare center, “EAT PIZZA EVERY DAY”.

dave
dave
1 year ago

My celiac daughter will miss the GF pizza. The ridiculously loud music was a turnoff for me, and yeah, it did take forever to get your pizza, even just a warmed up slice. Bring back Auto Battery! That place was great.

rankler
rankler
1 year ago
Reply to  dave

Head around the corner to Southpaw. They have a great GF pizza and their service is much better.

Maria
Maria
1 year ago

I really liked their pizza! However, this location was a shit show EVERY TIME I visited – I can recall two occasions that I walked out. Once was because the POS was apparently offline(?)…and all the people in line were just waiting there – staff provided no explanation about why the fuck they were hiding/not working. My friend and I left literally LOLing about how it’s was almost impressive at how consistently awful the service was – this experience topped them all.

Mark
Mark
1 year ago

I just remembered they had a Brooklyn location that suffered a similar fate. How they thought they could break into such a saturated, high quality pizza market like New York is beyond me. If only their pizza matched up with their amazing marketing.

Robo
Robo
1 year ago

I tried Sizzle Pie a few times, since it’s not very often I get to grab pizza. The pizza was meh (and I wasn’t expecting much in the first place) and the service felt like the were doing me a favor getting a slice that I ordered. What really got me we was the extremely loud thrash metal they played. It wasn’t the type of music that was bothersome; it was the volume. At noon on a weekday, it was cranked up to 11 and I ended up walking outside to eat because it was loud enough to drown out any conversations.

Josie
Josie
1 year ago

Well the bar manger put in an order for liquor from their rep on Monday sooo something tells me this was a surprise to their managers too.

Edward Everett
Edward Everett
1 year ago

RIP Sizzle Pie. Sorry; but, even my dogs didn’t like your pizza and they pick up dead things.

Molly
Molly
1 year ago

Well, shit. The pizza was adequate, at best, but it’s the only pizza place on the Hill I know of where a person with a dairy allergy can get something besides an iceberg-lettuce salad and beer. I’ll miss their adequate vegan pies.

Oliver
Oliver
1 year ago

Dark Bar was great and will be missed. I wanted to like sizzle pie, but it seems the place was mismanaged. It was always a super long wait in line to order and then to wait for your slices. Sometimes things take a while, I get that, but customer service wasn’t a priority and it effected their atmosphere. The dining room was always dirty too, which I can deal with if it was fast and cheap,but on top of expensive slices and a long wait it resulted in a handful of meh to dissapointed experiences.

Harriett
Harriett
1 year ago

Horrible pizza, horrible service, screeching loud music. Rest in pizza sauce.

Vee
Vee
1 year ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO