The downtown Detroit outpost of popular Chicago-style pizza chain Giordano’s has closed its doors after less than two years in the building, Crain’s reports. The restaurant, known for its “stuffed” deep dish pizzas, appears to have shut down permanently over the weekend based on recent online customer reviews.
As of Monday, the restaurant’s Facebook account appeared to be active, though it featured the standard posts shared on all of Giordano’s national restaurant accounts. The company’s website no longer lists a Detroit location. Eater reached out to the Giordano’s communications team and did not receive a response at press time regarding the closure. The company has since responded via Twitter, stating that it was a “business decision ultimately decided by the franchise owner.”
Hi - The closing of the Giordano’s Detroit location was a business decision ultimately decided by the franchise owner. We are saddened by the decision of the franchisee to exit the market.— Giordano's Pizza (@GiordanosPizza) July 1, 2019
Giordano’s is the latest chain to decamp from the property at 1224 Randolph St. near Greektown. The address was briefly occupied by Bagger Dave’s until 2015. Giordano’s officially debuted in the space in September 2015.
Since Giordano’s opened downtown, Detroit’s restaurant scene — and particularly downtown — has been increasingly flooded with pizza options including Mootz Pizzeria and Bar and Pop + Offworld Arcade. Just within a few blocks of the Giordano’s location, visitors to downtown eat pizza at Brass Rail or the square, Detroit-style slices at Niki’s Pizza.
Of course, there are still plenty of local deep dish pizzas to choose from in the area including PizzaPapalis and Chicago’s Pizza in Southwest Detroit.
Update, 11:52 a.m., July 2: This story has been updated with a statement by the Giordano’s parent company.