Longtime neighborhood pizzeria Gracie See will shut its doors January 31. "I'm ready to retire," owner Grace C. Puleo tells Eater, adding that she sold the building at the end of November. She believes the new owners have plans to open a restaurant in the space.
Family-owned since 1969, the restaurant was a staple for its community on Detroit's far west side and remained important stop for expats after the neighborhood emptied. About 75 percent of the clientele are regulars. "My brother and I helped build the place with my parents [when] I was in high school," the owner recalls. Puleo herself has been commuting from the east side since getting married more than 35 years ago.
Fans will still be able to seek out similar Gracie See flavors at its sister restaurant in Inkster, which is run by Puleo's brother. She's also considered helping her son revive the family business a little closer to home. "I'm going to be a snowbird and live it up," she says of retirement. "After a couple years I might open a restaurant with my son on the east side."