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Doomsday for South Laguna's Z Pizza?

The chain's original location in the Aliso Shopping Center may be forced to close.

Andrea Adelson has a story in this week's Independent on the current trials of Z Pizza's original Laguna Beach locale, the very first in what's grown to be a 100-store chain of deliciousness stretching to countries like Saudi Arabia and Vietnam.

Seems the property manager of the Aliso Shopping Center is giving owner Sid Fanarof the boot, so for now, it looks like the store will bake its last Casablanca, Santa Fe and ZBQ pies on April 16, when Fanarof's lease ends.

What would it be replaced with? Possibly a Chase Bank, something not nearly as tasty. From the story:

Sid Fanarof believes Zpizza’s franchise success was baked into its origin in Laguna Beach, catering for 26 years to a clientele of artists, leftover hippies and locals who appreciate the take-out joint’s gourmet entrees, natural ingredients and attention to gluten-free and vegan appetites.

On the first Sunday of the month over the past two years, the restaurant’s managers bake enough pizzas to feed 60 people and drive them to Laguna’s homeless shelter. Included is one special order, a small Berkeley topped with vegetables for a vegan who lacks an address. They get a standing ovation.

A protest petition is being circulated among the shop's loyal customers, reports Adelson.

Bob Rohwer March 26, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Geez, just what we need, another brick and mortar bank when most of us bank online. Z Pizza will be sorely missed. It's the first restaurant I went to after moving to South Laguna last summer. Property managers sure don't care a twit about the communities' wants or needs, do they? It's all about the money.
janet koelle March 26, 2012 at 02:25 PM
PLease,please,please relocate in town!!!
Linda and Mike Hogan March 26, 2012 at 03:30 PM
We thank Z Pizza for serving our family long and deliciously well over the years. Our hope is that it will find an even better location somewhere else in Laguna. To lose something so highly valued to a bank speaks volumes about where we place our priorities these days.
Karen Petty March 26, 2012 at 05:18 PM
let's open a new Z pizza place and kick some property owners ass...
Alty48 March 26, 2012 at 05:20 PM
With the closing of Z pizza that makes three stores in the South Laguna shopping mall being run out. It is my understanding that the cosmetic work done on the buildings late last year is being paid for by increases in rent for everyone. We will be sad to say goodbye to Animal Crackers, Walsh's Window Coverings, and now Z Pizza. Who will be next?
Jeanne Renee Marquez March 26, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Really sad.
Ellen Girardeau Kempler March 26, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Come on, Laguna landlords! Someone step up to the plate to keep Z Pizza on ours!
Audrey Prosser March 27, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Replacing a local serving, sales tax generating business with a Mega bank doesn't seem like an appropriate use of a Commercial Shopping Center prime space. Time for a South Laguna ordinance to keep legendary local businesses to serve the community as the Down Town Overlay District was designed to do. The Business Council should mount a Pro Business effort to save these 3 treasured local businesses being uprooted by Chase Bank.
B. Hillman April 14, 2012 at 07:09 PM
The existing business's should help out here! If they don't think having a variety of business's brings more money into their own stores, they are being short-cited... Maybe customers should voice their comments to the rest of the stores or boycott... Money and the Big Guys seem to always win out...They are being Chased out!
Stan Jacobs April 28, 2012 at 05:57 PM
How ironic! A conscientious merchant replaced by one of the countries biggest perpetrators of the great meltdown and recipient of the multibillion dollar payoff at taxpayer expense. Birds of a feather.............

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