Mario’s Pizza at 147 East Houston Closed?

Posted on: January 10th, 2011 at 6:08 am by

Before the onset of the holidays, trademark troublemakers Mario’s Pizza at 147 East Houston closed for some vacation.  As is usually the case, heavy suspicions accompanied the advent of announcements in the windows.  After all, history repeatedly proves that such abrupt closures are oftentimes final.  Now, the same fate appears to have befallen Mario.

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147 East Houston is presently a ghost of a storefront. There’s no action inside and the glass cases sit empty; a partially drained Vitamin Water sits atop a counter; the lighted marquee remains dark.  While vacation is definitely a legit reason for hiatus, a simple phone call yesterday seemed to confirm the worst. After one ring, the tri-toned operator message plays, “the number you dialed is not in service.”

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Just a quick recap of the last couple years at 147. Chickpea launched an outpost here back in July 2008, but gave way to the cartoonish Mario’s Pizza little over a year later. Since opening in October 2009, the slice stand celebrated a neverending “grand opening sale.”

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