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Chicago-style pizza restaurant Giordano's shutters downtown Detroit location

July 10, 2019

It appears that the phony pizza-mania has bitten the dust, to borrow a line from The Clash.

 

Giordano's, which set up shop downtown less than two years ago to sell its Chicago-style affront to pizzas everywhere, has closed.

 

The windows at its 1224 Randolph location were covered in paper and a metal security door had replaced Giordano's front entrance as of July 1, but it's unclear when the Detroit outpost of the Illinois-based national chain had officially called it quits.

 

The latest review of the restaurant on Yelp, where it garnered a lukewarm three stars, was posted on June 26. A representative from the company replied to a previous comment on June 25.

 

Calls to the location Monday resulted in a long hold set to island-swept acoustic music featuring the bongos, but no human to speak with. A voice mail was left after the tone.

 

At press time, Giordano's list of locations on its website no longer included Detroit. The Holland location was listed as the only remaining Michigan store among dozens of other locations in eight other states.

 

Former "Daily Show" host and lifelong New Yorker Jon Stewart famously exposed the Windy City's take on his beloved 'za in an epic on-air rant a few years back, though Detroiters already know better.

 

In addition to being on hostile territory, Giordano's was located around the corner from homegrown marinara-pie slinger Pizza Papalis, which remains a popular option for local traitors.

 

A separate emailed request for comment to a Giordano's representative was not immediately returned.

Giordano's is the latest in a spate of recent restaurant closures, including the short-lived Izakaya Katsu in Woodbridge and Cameron's Steakhouse in Birmingham.

 

Article Written by Mark Kurlyandchik of Detroit Free Press https://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/dining/mark-kurlyandchik/2019/07/01/chicago-style-pizza-shop-giordanos-shutters-downtown-detroit-location/1621403001/

 

Photo Courtesy of Detroit Free Press

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