HARTFORD, CT – The Blind Pig Pizza Co. has announced it will close its Hartford store at 89 Arch Street next week, according to a statement on the restaurant’s Facebook page. The restaurant will close on October 3.
The company that owns the restaurant offered employees the option of continuing to work at one of the other chain’s sites. Bear Restaurant Group operates three other locations in the state in Windsor, Hartford and New Haven, and Bear’s Smokehouse in Asheville, North Carolina.
“This was a tough decision for our team, especially given the long history of our business location as it was the original Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ in Hartford,” said Cheryl Antoncic, co-owner of Blind Pig Pizza Co ., in a statement. “We are extremely grateful for the opportunity Hartford has given us and the commitment of the staff over the years to providing exceptional food and service. We look forward to a strong future as a business as we continue to manage the effect of COVID.
Loyal fans expressed their reactions to the news in comments on the restaurant’s Facebook post.
One reviewer said: “No! The best pizza anywhere we’ve planned to eat there after the marathon.”
Another user wrote: “I drive an hour every week for your pizza we will miss it in our house so sorry to hear that.”
The company cited the reason for the shutdown as “a very difficult but strategic decision to support the long term plan and create a sustainable future for the Bear Smokehouse brands which are located throughout CT.”
Restaurants have been hit hard by the pandemic statewide. In Hartford, Stella’s African Eatery closed earlier this year. The Gold Roc restaurant in West Hartford has also closed.
The Connecticut Restaurant Association appealed in August for federal relief for restaurants in the state. At that time, Connecticut had more than 2,066 pending applications totaling over $ 489 million in stabilization funds that would be processed through the $ 60 billion replenishment bills.