Shakespeare's Pizza Demolition Temporarily Postponed

Jun 10, 2015
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The demolition of Shakespeare’s Pizza has been postponed, according to Columbia Public Works. Contractor Emery Sapp and Sons was scheduled to start the process on June 10 at 8:00 AM, but public works announced Wednesday morning that it would be delayed until June 15. According to Public Works building and site development manager Shane Creech, the decision to delay the demolition was not made by the city.

Shakespeare’s Pizza is moving into its temporary Eighth Street location this week, and workers are modeling the restaurant after the original as closely as they can. The popular downtown restaurant closed its doors on Monday morning and employees are working on recreating the familiar atmosphere for customers.

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Recently, one of the biggest issues on the Columbia City Council's plate has been the proposed demolition moratorium on buildings in downtown Columbia, such as Shakespeare's Pizza.  KBIA’s Jason Hoffman tells us why the debate still matters even though the ordinance failed. 

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  Property developers Jon, Nathan and Bruce Odle have purchased the property where Bengals Bar & Grill and Casablanca Mediterranean Grill currently sit.

Jack and Julie Rader sold the lot on Sixth St. to the Odles, who were operating as "6th and Elm LLC" in the official transaction. Currently, the amount of the sale is unknown. According to an April 2 deed of trust, the Odles borrowed $3.3 million through the Landmark Bank.

A proposal to protect historic buildings in downtown Columbia will not effect the demolition of the downtown Shakespeare’s location. Following the denial of a proposed six-month moratorium the pizzeria will continue its relocation plans at the end of May and go through with the demolition and reconstruction.

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The Columbia City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on whether to delay processing applications for the demolition of historic structures in Columbia.

While former Council member Barbara Hoppe proposed the ordinance just five days after Shakespeare’s Pizza announced plans to demolish its downtown location, the ordinance wouldn’t affect those plans.

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  The tweet went out around 10:25 a.m. from the Columbia Daily Tribune on April Fools Day.

It read, “Not April Fools’: Downtown @ShakesPizza location slated for demolition.”

Despite the day on the calendar and the propensity for jokes, the tweet is true. One of Columbia’s most iconic restaurants, once voted the winner of Good Morning America’s 2010 “Best Bites Challenge: College Edition” contest, is being demolished this summer.