Nov 28, 2023 - News

Pompieri Pizza will close next month in downtown Durham

Pompieri Pizza is located in a red-colored, historic fire house building. Photo: Zachery Eanes/Axios

Pompieri Pizza, a popular Neapolitan-style pizzeria in downtown Durham, is closing next month.

Why it matters: The restaurant, owned by the group behind Bull City Burger & Brews, was a staple of downtown Durham's resurgence over the past decade, opening in 2014 inside a historic fire house building.

What's happening: In an email sent to customers on Sunday (titled "The End…. for now"), Pompieri's owner said the restaurant was unable to come to a new agreement with its landlords.

  • Northpond Partners and Loden Properties bought the site, known as Rogers Alley, in 2021 for $6.1 million, according to Durham County records.

What they're saying: Seth Gross, the restaurant's owner, said in the email that the potential new lease terms were too expensive for Pompieri while also hinting at a future somewhere else.

  • "Our last day of service will be Sunday, December 10th, so please stop by for one last Margherita, one last glass of Lambrusco, or just to say 'goodbye for now.'"

Of note: Pompieri will honor its gift cards at Bull City Burger and Brewery as well as Bull City Solera and Taproom through the end of next March.

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