Phoenix, AZ

Pizzeria Closes, A New Pizza Restaurant Opens In Its Place

Greyson F

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A new pizzeria has opened where a previous pizza restaurant had failed.Photo byBrenna Huff/UnsplashonUnsplash

It isn’t uncommon for one restaurant to replace another restaurant when it goes out of business. The space is already set up to accommodate guests, it has a kitchen, and all the other appliances and devices needed to run the business. It’s a faster setup and allows the new owner to get everything up and running sooner, which means they are paying less in rent for months they are not actively bringing money in. However, one thing that isn’t as common is the same style of restaurant replacing the one that failed. And yet, in this case, a new pizza restaurant is replacing an old pizza restaurant in downtown Phoenix. 

Grand Avenue Pizza Company officially called it quits back in May, after serving the greater downtown Phoenix area for nearly a decade. The space has sat dormant since that time, but now, SnapBack Pizzeria is taking over its place. This isn’t completely out of the blue though. New owner Ryan Moreno worked at Grand Avenue for two years, where he learned about the Pizza industry (in fact, he was there for the opening and helped get the restaurant off the ground). So while the recipes won’t be a direct copy of what the old restaurant once served, guests will likely see some of the influence, which is great news for anyone that misses stopping by Grand Avenue Pizza and grabbing a slice. 

During the pandemic, Ryan Moreno opened a pizza catering business where he would deliver small pizzas with his portable pizza oven. 

SnapBac Pizzeria offers a thinner-crust pizza and it will be available in either individual slices or 18-inch pies. Individual slices include The Plain Jane (red sauce and cheese), The Veggie (which will rotate seasonally), and Dr. Pep (pepperoni pizza). As for the full-sized pizzas, there are the three that are available in individual slices, as well as The Vanna White (garlic butter, mozzarella, fresh basil, and confit garlic), The Julian (Ricotta, Italian sausage, caramelized onion, mozzarella, shaved parm, basil, on red sauce), The Tie Dye (garlic butter, red sauce, basil, pesto, and mozzarella), and the Casey Jones (center-cut applewood smoked bacon, pepperoni, mild Italian sausage, mozzarella, and red sauce). 

SnapBack Pizzeria is located at 1031 Grand Avenue in Phoenix. There are somewhat limited hours though. It is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 4 PM until 12 AM. However, the restaurant is closed every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 

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