A part of the street since 1983, Pagliacci Pizza is leaving Broadway.
The Capitol Hill-headquartered chain confirmed the planned closure which they are calling a “move” and said the plan is for the 400 block Broadway E shop to close next month.
While many pixels have been spilt discussing Seattle pizza restaurant closures and the city’s minimum wage, the Broadway closure is about Pagliacci’s new project on Capitol Hill:
In December, we are moving our Broadway location to Pike Street, next to our office. As you may know, our office, call center and support staff have been on Capitol Hill for over 20 years. We love the hill and as our neighborhood has grown, it has become clear that a Pagliacci would serve this community super well. We will offer slices, pickup and delivery out of our new location. We have had a great run on Broadway! Opening a location next to our newly remodeled offices and training center will be a great showcase for Pagliacci.
CHS reported here on the company’s 40th anniversary and coming slice bar and restaurant next to its headquarters on E Pike. Dorene Centioli-McTigue opened the pizzeria “Seattle came to know and love as Pagliacci” in 1979 in the U-District. That location closed last year as Pagliacci focused its 20 or so locations. In 2000, the company was purchased by business partners behind Torrefazione Italia who turned the sale of the high-end coffee brand to Starbucks into an investment in Seattle pizza. Pat McDonald and Matt Galvin remain owners of Pagliacci as it moves into its fifth decade.
Pagliacci’s history on Capitol Hill is shorter. The chain marked 30 years on Broadway in 2013.
The search is now on for a new tenant looking to create a retail shop or light weight food operation on the block willing to shell out Broadway 2020 prices — “Rental Rate $35/SF + NNN (est. $4.00) = $7,800 per month” — on a street where food and drink options are on the upswing including the arrival of Altura sibling Carrello, new owners at Lionhead, and an overhaul and new life at the old Broadway Grill in Witness cousin Olmstead on the way. The space can also be converted to full restaurant capability with some investment, the listing notes.
The new E Pike Pagliacci, meanwhile, is slated to debut December 14th.
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