It’s been nice knowing you, pepperoni slice.
Update 9/22/17: Atomic Pizza Hollywood is closing Saturday, September 23 (see comment below this post).
It’s been a rough day in NE Portland food news—this morning I heard that Pollo Norte has closed their original location (5427 NE 42nd Avenue) and around noon I heard that the Hollywood location of Atomic Pizza will close on
October 28 September 23. Atomic Pizza was the first place I ate at after moving to Portland, so I have a lot of nostalgia wrapped up in the place.
The bad pizza news on the front door (also posted on Facebook).
Pollo Norte said they had to close because “we lost our lease on 42nd Avenue”; Atomic Pizza said a similar thing, “we were not able to come to an agreement with the Hollywood Theatre.” As an eater and restaurant-goer, I am sad to see favorite spots close, and I wish in both cases that the parties involved could have come to a mutually agreeable solution.
As an aside, I wonder what will happen to the Pie Hole in the Hollywood Theatre? I guess the theatre will simply cease to offer slices. In any case, I’ll sure miss Atomic Pizza—the slices are tasty, they sell scoops of Ruby Jewel ice cream, and the space has a chill vibe and friendly staff. There will be a big pizza-shaped hole missing from the Hollywood District after they serve their final pie.
Here’s hoping something interesting opens up in that corner location, post-pizza.