Hollywood Pies to close
From their website and facebook:
All good things must come to an end.
Two years ago, two unlikely partners embarked on a journey together that would change their lives. Two years ago, they both resigned from their steady jobs and steady paychecks to leave it all behind in order to create something exciting and something different and all of this was to be created in a new place for the both of them- Los Angeles.
Experimenting in their tiny Craftsman kitchen in San Diego, these two started creating Chicago style pies. They would rush home from work, change their clothes and get into the kitchen while their cat Earl was perched on a stool nearby, watching these two laugh as flour was lightly dusted on every surface of the kitchen. They made these pies- testing doughs, sauces and recipes every night, and the following morning they would bring them to work and smile to themselves as they watched their co-workers close their eyes and enjoy the pies that were baked the night before.
A small catering kitchen was found in Los Angeles, and Alexandra, along with two of her friends, rented a room in nearby West Hollywood. Every morning they would wake up and get the kitchen prepared for their big opening in June of 2011. Every night they would sleepily stand in a corner at the FedEx on Beverly and cut little strips of paper that would serve as flyers to be placed on the windshields of cars that very night. They were determined and willing and they made Hollywood Pies their life.
David would then drive in from San Diego every Friday after work. Fighting the horrifying traffic and braving the honking of cars, he would pull up to 385 N. La Cienega, put his apron on and join his crew of deep dish pie makers. There would be weeknights where only a handful of hungry midwesterners would call and place an order, but even then, they were all so proud.
The word quickly got around and the Hollywood Pies crew would be surprised and overwhelmed at what had happened. Thrillist, Eater LA, La Weekly…they all found them and started writing. Deemed a “drug deal” for pizza, attention grew and grew and never stopped growing. Hollywood Pies was something special, and the City of Angels quickly recognized that and warmly embraced them.
To those who have been loyal since the beginning, we thank you. To those who told all of your friends, we thank you. To those who order weekly and consider Hollywood Pies a staple in your life, we thank you, and to all those who just discovered us and will be angry at how quickly we’ve left, we thank you too. We would like to thank Los Angeles for nurturing us for two years and we were happy to have fed those who appreciated what we did.
Alex and David
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I was one of the first Chicago Expats to try Hollywood Pies, back when they were 'dealing' pizza from the ex-Acapulco space on La Cienega. I started a CH thread about it long ago, and mourn its loss.
That said, one of the reasons I think they may have had problems lately is they just made things difficult for a lot of their customers - I couldn't get them to deliver any more (they used to go a little out of their range for me in the beginning) and although their restaurant was on my way home from work, I could never pick up pizza from them, since they didn't stay open at the right time, even for pickup orders.
I wanted them to succeed, and be the best representation of true Chicago pan in the LA area. I hope someone continues their legacy, hopefully finding a way to make this model work somehow.
Oh well. Back to mail-ordering Malnati's.
Sounds like they were over it (or massive spin, you pick)
"At some point last week – he doesn’t remember which day – David Miscimarra and his business partner decided they no longer wanted to run their cult-favorite deep-dish pizza operation Hollywood Pies."
"“If I were 31, maybe I’d be doing things differently,” he said. “I’d love for it to continue, but I don’t want to be the man behind the oven.”"
"Back in Los Angeles on Monday, Miscimarra told The Times about the decision to close the Chicago-style eatery. The rationale was personal, not financial – the company’s sales have “increased incrementally every month” it’s been open, he said."
Eater LA comments are getting interesting, with allegations of one owner's customer credit card skimming/ID fraud scheme being made by someone purporting to be the other owner.
Picked up pho for dinner tonight on Pico, and much to my surprise saw Hollywood Pies open with a few guests inside waiting for pizza. Poked my head back behind the counter, saw lots of pies ready for the oven. When I asked if they were open for the foreseeable future, I was told they had closed in order to get a new floor put in.