Updated with information from the developer
Peppino's Organic Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria, one of the first new businesses to open in the newly (but still unofficially) designated Hourglass District, is closed. It opened fewer than six months ago, listing Nov. 29, 2017, as its starting date on its Facebook page.
Nothing on that page gives reference to the current status, but sources say that the original owner has sold the restaurant and the new owners are remodeling with plans to reopen in August. The phone number listed for Peppino's has been disconnected.
The restaurant was greeted with anticipation by residents of the surrounding neighborhoods. The building, at 2420 Curry Ford Road, has been home for numerous short-term restaurants over the years. It was hoped that a pizzeria would be the right concept.
But despite some remodeling and the addition of outdoor patio space, Peppino's struggled to find a loyal base, due in no small part to poor service. My own observations in my review of the restaurant noted a person who appeared to be the owner and his seemingly disaffected attitude toward his customers.
No word yet on who the new owners might be. The district also is home to a new taco restaurant, Cilantro's, and the long-awaited return of Claddagh Cottage Irish Pub, directly across the street.
It was when I was visiting Claddagh on a recent Saturday evening, shortly after 8 p.m., that I noted no cars in Peppino's lot, though the restaurant was still open at the time. That says something.
More when more is available.
Update: According to developer Giovanni Fernandez, the owner of Peppino's was forced to close after he was diagnosed with cancer. more information about the new owners here.