ECHO PARK — Pizza Buona is closing on December 27 after more than 50 years of serving pizza from the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street.
The neighborhood pizza joint announced the upcoming closure on its Facebook page:
“THANK YOU to all of you that have supported us throughout the years. We would be nothing without you. Please check back for our new location.”
Israel Palacios, whose family owns the pizzeria, said last July that a rent hike was prompting the move. His family has been searching for a new location, preferably close to Echo Park, to continue serving up its sausage pizza, breadsticks, meatball sandwiches and other American-Italian fare. The restaurant has been in operation since 1959.
Who is now poised to move into the Pizza Buona storefront? Well, the brokers trying to lease the soon-to-close American Apparel store across the street said in their marketing material that Alimento, the Silver Lake Italian restaurant that has won critical praise, “will be opening a new restaurant … in the former Pizza Buona.”
But the folks at Alimento did not have much to say when contacted by The Eastsider about a possible Echo Park outpost. “There is no news to share at this time,” said an email from the restaurant. “We’ll let you know if there is.”
Palacios said the tenant moving into his family’s restaurant has stopped by to have a meal and recently brought in his designer. But Palacios does not know his name.
For now, Palacios is more focused on trying to find a new pizzeria space, which is not easy in era of rising commercial rents. He asks customers to check the Pizza Buona website for updates about a new location. Meanwhile, his family and their employees are prepare for their last day on the Sunday after Christmas. “On Monday, we start to move out.”
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