Pizza shop set to reopen next month

Written by Jessica Cejnar, The Triplicate September 23, 2013 05:03 pm

After being forced to close twice in less than six months, a familiar “take ’n’ bake” pizza place will reopen next month in a new location.

Papa Murphy’s will reopen in the Jedediah Smith Square near Safeway, said Larry Hodge, who owns restaurants in Crescent City and Humboldt County. He said he hopes to reopen the restaurant around Oct. 24.

“It was a lot longer haul than I thought it was going to be,” Hodge said. “The people there have always been extremely supportive of us and we look forward to reopening. We’re excited about it. We just wish it could be a whole lot faster.”

Papa Murphy’s, which was in the Rite Aid shopping center across the street from its new location, was forced to shut down Oct. 23, 2012, when wet weather, a rotted sub-structure and leaky conditions caused the roof to cave in on the vacant space next door.

Papa Murphy’s, State Farm agent Lisa McKeown and Spotlight Video were forced to close after the cave-in. Spotlight Video, at the opposite end of the building, reopened after about a day. McKeown moved her office to another location, and even though Papa Murphy’s was allowed to reopen for another few months, building damage again forced the restaurant to close in April.

The city decided to prohibit occupation at the north end of the building in April due to an engineering report that deemed it structurally unsound, according to City Manager Eugene Palazzo.

Since then, work has been under way to prepare the restaurant’s new home, Hodge said. The new space is approximately 1,000 square feet bigger than the old space, he said.

“We’ve been very successful in Crescent City,” he said. “As a result, we’ve had calls from people up there. We’re excited about reopening and serving the people of Del Norte.”

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