Popular, Long-Time Florida Pizza Joint and Brewery Abruptly Closing Due To Financial Difficulties

L. Cane

Sadly, Florida has had a few cases of restaurants abruptly closing this year with little warning. Examples are Citrus Park's Ballyhoo, Seminole Height's The Mermaid Tavern, and the Picadilly in Jacksonville closing with little warning, leaving only one in the state.

It isn't easy to run a consistently profitable restaurant and sometimes the financial situation becomes difficult quickly. Unfortunately, it appears that another popular, long-time restaurant and brewery in Florida will be closing with little warning.

What's Happening?: Brewer's Pizza and Pinglehead Brewery has been serving Orange Park for nearly 14 years. Known for its trademark square "Florida smacker" pizza, all items were made fresh, and the company also did catering.

The company's Facebook page indicates that Sunday, November 19th will be the last day of business. On the positive side, the company has seen an incredible outpouring of support since they announced their closure.

Additionally, there is some language that hints at future endeavors. As one Facebook post says:

"We love all of you, and with this kind of support, our future endeavors look extremely bright."

What Happened To Cause The Closure?: Brewer's general manager Taylor Rayburn reportedly told The Florida-Times Union that the move is motivated by finances, since the company never recovered from a slowdown during the pandemic.

How Did Floridians Feel About Brewer's?: This restaurant gets 4.5 out of 5 stars from patrons. Most are very complimentary of the food, beer, and crew. Many said the place offered a "relaxed" atmosphere.

Here's a sample of a good review:

"Tasty housemade brew and pizza. Small place with a very chill vibe and the best garlic cheese bread in town. Their soups and salads are also very good. Brewers Pizza (are) the makers of Pinglehead beers, and they always have a great offering of solid craft beer on tap, both their own as well (as) from other breweries. Most of their beers are pretty strong (over 6.5%) so if you like a nice strong ale they have an excellent selection. They pride themselves on offering no domestic standard beer, which is pretty rare."

The author is not affiliated with Brewer's Pizza or any other restaurants.

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