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Late Nite Pie, the longtime bastion of 2:00 a.m. pizzas in Midtown, closed two weeks ago according to anecdotal reports.
Not wishing to believe this was true, I headed out to Late Nite Pie this past weekend and poked around on a Sunday morning. No signs on the doors, nothing out of order, not a single thing indicated the closure rumors were true. Perhaps I should have looked more closely or returned later that afternoon to check again, as news came out this morning that Late Nite Pie is officially closed.
The popular pizza joint moved to Tuam a year ago, after their original ice house/converted garage location a few blocks away on Elgin was purchased by a nightclub owner. The plans to open a nightclub fell through, and the building has now been converted into a pub/restaurant, Saint Dane's.
No information about the closure has been posted to Late Nite Pie's website and calls to the restaurant have gone completely unanswered, without as much as an answering machine (do people still use those?) picking up the phone.
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The word on the street is that the owners ceased paying their rent, which certainly doesn't come as a surprise in the current economic climate. Combine the restaurant's expansion into a much larger space in a pricey area with the dwindling numbers of diners, and you have a recipe for failure.