Fire closes Pizzeria Urbano for weeks

If you’ve been craving late-night pizza near the MARRS building the last couple of weeks, you’ve surely noticed the above sign. On Friday, March 27, a wall inside Pizzeria Urbano (1050 20th Street) caught on fire, and reopening hasn’t been as quick as hoped.

“It’s amazing,” said owner Carlos Ulloa. “We looked at the damage and we thought it was a one week thing.”

One week has already turned into a few weeks, and Ulloa said he thinks Urbano will be ready to reopen two to three weeks from now.

Apparently, one of Urbano’s ovens was too close to a wall. Gradually over time, the wall overheated and flamed up. It was quickly contained, but Ulloa needed to build a new wall. That process took serious time: “find a contractor, plans, bids, insurance,” Ulloa said, but most consuming is getting new permits from the city and the health department. Last week, Ulloa hoped his new wall would do the trick, but inspectors told him to rebuild on Friday. 

In conclusion: take your slice desires elsewhere, and we’ll update you when Pizzeria Urbano reopens later this month or in early May.

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