Customers mourn closing of Apollo’s Pizza after 19 years

rboone@theolympian.comNovember 4, 2013 

Apollo’s Pizza and Pasta, a fixture in west Olympia for almost 20 years, closed Saturday, a decision that generated an outpouring of support and nostalgia on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Mike Lay, a principal of the business, could not be reached Sunday, although he sent customers an email explaining his decision.

That email was forwarded to The Olympian.

“Yes, it is true, Apollo’s will be closing its doors this Saturday (Nov. 3),” he said in his email, adding that the business fell victim to the slower economy.

“As stressful as the last three years have been, Apollo’s has a special place in my heart, especially the mug club members and the loyal, awesome, caring employees,” Lay said. “I love you people!”

Lay also wrote that the business may have a future.

“This might not be the end of Apollo’s,” he said. “There is a potential buyer who is in the mug club that will remain nameless until we figure everything out.”

For now, though, the business at 2302 Harrison Ave. NW is closed.

That decision, which was posted on the Apollo’s Facebook page, had generated 58 customer comments as of Sunday afternoon.

Here are some of those comments:

 • Tali Smith of Renton, originally from Olympia: “This is such bad news. My husband and I will miss the spot where we went on one of our first dates and where we had our wedding rehearsal dinner. Thanks for the great food and service you provided!”

 • Kali Beaird of Tumwater: “I literally just started to cry when I read this!!!! It had been almost a year since I’d come in and I had an intense pregnancy craving for the bacon jalapeno cheese bread so I came in last week! Please don’t close!!! I won’t make it through this pregnancy or life for that matter without you guys.”

 • Alison Lynn Noble of Tumwater: “Bummer. Where will my hubby get his large bbq, pineapple, Canadian bacon & coppa calzone with a giant mug of Roy Rogers? You will be missed. He will always be known for finishing the large calzone with two orders of garlic bread in one sitting. Thanks guys!”

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403 rboone@theolympian.com

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