Last month we reported that Dolce Vita was damaged by a fire that started early in the morning May 5 outside of the restaurant, in its Dumpster, before moving inside. Now KHOU is reporting that on June 13, the Houston Arson Bureau arrested 25-year-old Jacob Colby Garvin for allegedly setting the fire.
Garvin has been charged with felony criminal mischief in connection with the Dolce Vita fire, and felony arson in connection with a fire at a leasing office at 6115 LaSalette, as well as one at a tire shop at 3517 Old Spanish Trail. A Houston Fire Department news release stated: "Security video from the tire shop showed Garvin setting the fire. During an interview, Garvin admitted setting 15 separate fires around the Houston area." He allegedly started most of the fires in Dumpsters.
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Dolce Vita has remained closed since the fire there, with plans to reopen after repairs are done, according to the website. We hope it's soon, because this Best of Houston® winner for Best Pizzeria makes some wonderful brick-oven pizzas.
Investigators are still gathering information. We'll update you as we get more.