The restaurant closures may have slowed down since last year’s bloodletting, but 2017 is still finding plenty of ways to bum us out. The latest closure? Airport Boulevard mainstay House Pizzeria — a pioneer in the now-flourishing restaurant row.
The restaurant converted a former KFC location to a casual, eco-friendly space in 2009 and quickly became a neighborhood staple, serving wood-fired Neapolitan-style pies like their lauded rosemary potato and goat cheese pizza, simple appetizers, and hearty salads.
The eclectic jukebox – stocked with classic country, punk, and blues — and affordable local craft beer selection made House a popular hangout during its formative years. But recently, the parking lot has been empty, even at peak hours. Although the owners did not give a reason for the closure on September 24, no doubt Austin’s current restaurant free-for-all (and the impending opening of the second Home Slice location nearby) were on their mind.
Their final statement was posted on Facebook September 23.
“Thank you to all who helped make House Pizzeria everything it has become during the past 10 years. From the renovation of an old fast food place in 2007 to our first day of business in 2009, we’re proud of our accomplishments large and small and are full of gratitude for the friendships formed with staff members and guests in the 8 1/2 years since. Our last day of business is Sunday, September 24. Cheers to you. We created something special together.”