[APRIL FOOLS] Frank Pepe’s Pizza Closing Its Doors After 89 Years [APRIL FOOLS]

[APRIL FOOLS] Frank Pepe’s Pizza Closing Its Doors After 89 Years [APRIL FOOLS]
62 comments, 04/01/2014, by , in EATS

It’s always a sad day in Connecticut when a local staple closes its doors, but this might be the most tragic closing in the state’s history. The Original Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana announced yesterday that they will be closing down all locations in Connecticut next month after “location expansions have caused too much financial strain”.

Everyone who lives in Connecticut and loves pizza (okay, just everyone) is familiar with the Pepe’s story. They opened in 1925 on Wooster Street in New Haven, created the deliciously awesome white clam pie and started the epic New Haven Pizza Battle.

What you may not know is that Pepe’s has been working hard to expand their locations across Connecticut and most recently up to Boston. Currently, they have the original location on Wooster, The Spot right next door, locations in Fairfield, Manchester, Mohegan Sun, Danbury, West Hartford, Yonkers, NY and now a Boston location coming soon.

Only problem with expanding a local, family-run business to that many locations? You might end up running yourself too thin. Which, sadly, is exactly what happened. Pepe’s all over the state will be closed by mid-May including the original Wooster St. locale. So go nostalgically stand in line for hours, eat up your clam pies, say goodbye and cry forever – because now when you fight with your friends about which New Haven pizza is truly the best this contender is permanently out.

Source: The Daily Slice

 

 

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62 comments

  1. AnnaBrazzell
    April 17th, 2014 20:33

    I chocked on some pepperoni and cheese just about now I had to give my self a hemlock remover then I went in epileptic shock because of this shameful April fools joke

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  2. Jaynee Grund Pallay
    April 6th, 2014 9:20

    THIS IS NOT THE LEAST BIT FUNNY. WHOEVER APPROVED THIS SHOULD BE FIRED, PAPER SUED AND EDITOR SUED PERSONALLY. How would you like someone screwing with your livelihood.? This joke was far more reaching and damaging then you could have possibly imagined. Guess you don’t care how your practical joke effected people. CRUEL just plain CRUEL and spiteful. Pepe’s should ban you from all their restaurants for life. GO EAT SOME INFERIOR APIZZA NEXT TIME YOU CRAWL OUT FROM UNDER THE ROCK WHERE YOU LIVE. ^^^^^^SNAKE^^^^^^ Your rebuttal was not even remotely enough of an apology.

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  3. DaveSchurman
    April 5th, 2014 16:06

    That’s messed up, I almost flew back from Alaska to get my last one.

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  4. Scott Peterson
    April 3rd, 2014 21:27

    where do think you stupid asshat? Sally’s of course now

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  5. Scott Peterson
    April 3rd, 2014 21:24

    @charles  you better check the crack in your pipe because you are talking some major nonsense you Conn piece of filth

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  6. Scott Peterson
    April 3rd, 2014 21:23

    @grandmato5  stfu you stupid asshat

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  7. Scott Peterson
    April 3rd, 2014 21:22

    at last someone that’s not a total idiot

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  8. Scott Peterson
    April 3rd, 2014 21:21

    @minga  rotfl

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  9. Scott Peterson
    April 3rd, 2014 21:21

    @RK  lighten up moron

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  10. Scott Peterson
    April 3rd, 2014 21:20

    @Truth Avenger  stfu it’s a fuckin joke you tool

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  11. Scott Peterson
    April 3rd, 2014 21:14

    @WackoJacko  stfu you white trash piece of shit…take another hit from your crack pipe asshole

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  12. delia76
    April 2nd, 2014 22:25

    Modern is the best!

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  13. Jamie
    April 2nd, 2014 21:05

    Haha I just put a post on my Facebook saying if I won the lotto Id keep Pepe’s open all while giving my fiancé a heart attack that it was closing!!! Haha thank god this is a joke!!! Lol
    Jamie Mondrone

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  14. April 2nd, 2014 20:27

    YES!! Finally, so over rated…crap pizza. About time. Good riddance!

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  15. Cynical in Stratford
    April 2nd, 2014 20:16

    Yes, I questioned that because I saw so many people post about this article TODAY! Not yesterday. And, by the way, Pepe’s makes AWESOME pizza! WE were just there about 2 weeks ago.

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  16. TommyDiPietro
    April 2nd, 2014 19:19

    Truth Avenger  It kind of just sounds like you’re mad at the internet because you couldn’t read an article in its entirety without jumping to conclusions.

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  17. TommyDiPietro
    April 2nd, 2014 19:18

    Cynical in Stratford  Did you seriously question how many people reposted an article before READING IT IN GENERAL? Who’s fault is that? That must mean Pepe’s makes horrible pizza because it’s in New Haven, right? Wrong.

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  18. TommyDiPietro
    April 2nd, 2014 19:15

    @Donna p  Yeah, like a positive one. Don’t trust the internet on April 1, it’s not hard.

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  19. TomBarker
    April 2nd, 2014 18:50

    Your funny roseland is got to be the worst pizza ive ever had. Ive lived in ansonia for 15 years and just had roseland for the first time a few months ago. Their service sucks and their watresses are snotty. When the pizza finally came out no one i was with was impressed. Roma has better pizza the roseland and pepes blows roseland out of the water

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  20. getofftheintenet
    April 2nd, 2014 18:42

    This is terrible and Ct Boom should be sued for posting this..

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  21. Truth Avenger
    April 2nd, 2014 16:58

    Not funny. Moronic grab for attention.

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  22. Truth Avenger
    April 2nd, 2014 16:57

    if Pepe’s was in on this joke, if they gave their permission, they have squandered a lot of good will, and will have turned away customers who are not sympathetic to this moronic “humor.” There is nothing to commend this asinine grab for attention and no justification.  CTBOOM Blows.

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  23. Truth Avenger
    April 2nd, 2014 16:54

    Cynical in Stratford  Totally agree w

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  24. Cynical in Stratford
    April 2nd, 2014 16:47

    Totally not a joke of any kind! A retraction is in order, or maybe a liable suit. Ya don’t mess with someones business! How many people reposted this before the read the article was an April Fool’s joke?

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  25. RK
    April 2nd, 2014 14:13

    Stupid article and completely irresponsible. This can damage a business.

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  26. minga
    April 2nd, 2014 13:54

    Roseland is the home of Burnt pizza. ..by far…and the slowest service. .I think the girls are out back smoking weed

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  27. KMan
    April 2nd, 2014 13:16

    Not a cool or funny post in any way.  The rumor mill for businesses is bad enough to deal with, and now the ownership has to go out of their way to assure everybody that they are very much open.  This was stupid and not thought out very well.

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  28. docqualizer
    April 2nd, 2014 13:13

    You guys…my heart is back beating again…LOL

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  29. Nicole Gavin
    April 2nd, 2014 13:00

    That’s cuz the Jesus pizza was found

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  30. Steve Sirica
    April 2nd, 2014 12:58

    Thank god this is just an April Fools Day joke.

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  31. SteveSirica
    April 2nd, 2014 12:58

    That was just mean…funny but mean!!!

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  32. Shari Boland
    April 2nd, 2014 12:29

    It ain’t so

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  33. WackoJacko
    April 2nd, 2014 11:31

    Roseland in Derby is far superior to Pepe’s anyway! They are the most underrated pizza restaurant in the area. It is about time they get the recognition they deserve. Pepe’s pizza tastes like burnt cardboard! I don’t understand all the hype about it? Roseland is like an explosion of taste! Pepe’s doesn’t even cone close! However if you like burnt, overrated pizza then Pepe’s the place. }

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  34. WackoJacko
    April 2nd, 2014 11:30

    Derby is far superior to Pepe’s anyway! They are the most underrated pizza restaurant in the area. It is about time they get the recognition they deserve. Pepe’s pizza tastes like burnt cardboard! I don’t understand all the hype about it? Roseland is like an explosion of taste! Pepe’s doesn’t even cone close! However if you like burnt, overrated pizza then Pepe’s the place.

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  35. David DeSanto
    April 2nd, 2014 10:41

    Sally`s #1 kid

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  36. Donna p
    April 2nd, 2014 10:14

    Hey moron mocker… yesterday when this was released you had to click on the source link to find it was a joke. Thankfully they put it on the main page now.
    This is not a funny joke. That could have a serious impact on their business

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  37. Moron Mocker
    April 2nd, 2014 10:02

    is everyone on here a complete moron? the link says April fools joke never mind the huge picture of a jester that says April fools after the article and yet 80% of the comments on here are upset about the place closing. were doomed

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  38. Leo420420
    April 2nd, 2014 9:05

    All of their locations have the SAME coal fired ovenszzzz

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  39. VeraGuibbory
    April 2nd, 2014 8:48

    Not funny in this economy!  This is a very bad April fool’s joke.  There are many businesses closing and many of them are Mom and Pop stores.  It is discouraging to hear that a long standing business is closing.

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  40. eric2137981
    April 2nd, 2014 8:48

    Cruel effing april fools

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  41. sheri
    April 2nd, 2014 8:32

    How sad is this, the problem is MONEY and wanting too much of it, what a shame that the descendants of this Icon has destroyed a monumental business .  I am sure Frank is turning over in his grave.  I for one have missed the original Wooster pizza for quite some time now as it had changed way back, years ago is when it was the best  !!!  Good bye Frank Pepe

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  42. grandmato5
    April 2nd, 2014 8:29

    Pizza places are a dime a dozen in Connecticut. I never ate at Pepe’s. I did eat at Sally ‘ s once and it was not a pleasant experience. Won’t miss Pepe’s.

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  43. Frankie da Wop
    April 2nd, 2014 7:30

    Joke or not, they’re overrated. Especially the ones in Mohegan Sun, Fairfield, etc. The one on Wooster St. has a coal fired oven. Those aren’t allowed in new establishments due to environmental laws. They get hotter and make a better pie.

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  44. Sharon Care Pomeroy
    April 2nd, 2014 7:23

    Not making enough dough?

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  45. charles
    April 2nd, 2014 7:06

    Oh who cares either way. Their pizza isnt anything special and half the time its burnt. Anyone who’s from new haven knows theres 15other better pizza places than Pepes. And besides their rude as hell and smug. Let em close

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  46. Relaxman
    April 2nd, 2014 3:29

    No press is bad press. Anyone who read this and is now craving their pizza will probably stop in. Since when do we live in a world where everyone needs to be so cynical.

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  47. Hector Rodriguez
    April 2nd, 2014 1:02

    Wow! Say it ain’t so!!!

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  48. Ap
    April 2nd, 2014 0:37

    Read the link people! “Announced yesterday”

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  49. Jimmy Russo
    April 2nd, 2014 0:13

    That’s just cruel…

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  50. GeorgeBuddyWall
    April 1st, 2014 23:52

    I ain’t going for this. After all, it is April Fool’s Day.

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  51. Diane Mongold
    April 1st, 2014 22:13

    April Fools joke?

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  52. hobbskw
    April 1st, 2014 22:10

    was hoping this was real at least for danbury location.  dudes a real dick.

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  53. Truth Avenger
    April 1st, 2014 21:56

    New Haven doesn’t find this ruse amusing. If Pepes was in on the joke, they have expended a lot of goodwill. If they weren’t, shouldn’t they litigate? April fools day is not an excuse to jerk people around around serious matters. CT boom should be shut down for being colossal idiots.

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  54. Izzy912
    April 1st, 2014 21:52

    It’s a April fool joke. We’re it’s says source log onto the daily slice.

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  55. me
    April 1st, 2014 21:44

    total hoax…website says nothing.

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  56. kcasagran
    April 1st, 2014 21:18

    How sad.  They just started to expand too much!!  A true Icon.  So sad

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  57. Rob Ciambra
    April 1st, 2014 20:15

    This can’t be true. I like Sally’s better but I still love Pepe’s.

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  58. Scott Bienvenu Sr
    April 1st, 2014 19:10

    4/1

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  59. Mike Rivard
    April 1st, 2014 19:09

    I just read in The Boston Globe about the excitement of the first Pepe’s opening in Beantown so this must be BS! I would imagine that an instant buyer would step up if they were in bad financial straits.

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  60. Jud Hazen
    April 1st, 2014 18:39

    What where are we going to get great pizza at ?

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  61. Jenn Schere Morandi
    April 1st, 2014 18:14

    April fool, please!

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  62. Miriam C. Grossman
    April 1st, 2014 17:59

    April fools?

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