It's a sad day for the Little Rock pizza scene.
Damgoode Pies has announced it will officially close its doors, with its last day of operation set for this Wednesday, Nov. 22.
Damgoode's original location in Hillcrest closed on Oct. 30, and despite recent renovations at the remaining Cantrell location, its closure now marks the end of the iconic pizza joint in central Arkansas. The Fayetteville location is still open, but has a different owner and operator.
Founder Jeff Trine posted a rare video Monday morning announcing the news as well as the reasons behind the decision to close.
"We have taken on enormous debt to survive post-COVID restaurant life, and I am not willing to take on any more. More importantly, I am now a father of a nearly 2-year-old girl, and I refuse to miss any more of her childhood in the name of saving the company. It's just not worth it," Trine said.
"Thank you all so much for going on this ride with me for nearly 23 years. I truly love our product, and I am extremely grateful to all the Damgoode staff and customers who have been doing their Damgoodest to weather the storm of the last few years. You have been the driving force to stay in the fight for fresh-baked cheesy deliciousness."
Trine also encouraged customers to place orders for their "last taste of Damgoode Pies" in person or to call in advance, though more recent posts note "the influx of orders is absolutely off the rails." No more orders will be taken today, and they recommend placing online orders for tomorrow as soon as possible.