Valencia Pizza & Pasta, Burger Joint close on Valencia Street

Valencia Pizza & Pasta, Burger Joint close on Valencia Street
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By Alisa Scerrato - Published on January 21, 2020.

Tipster Bob B. informed us that Valencia Pizza & Pasta (801 Valencia St.) has shuttered after 25 years of business.

While calls to the restaurant's owner were not returned, a neighboring business confirmed the closure, and the business has also been marked as closed on Yelp. A "for rent" sign hangs in the window. 

The closure of the casual pizza and pasta eatery comes in twain with that of its 25-year-old neighbor, Burger Joint (807 Valencia St.), which also shuttered in the same building last week. The closure was first reported by the Chronicle.

Both businesses were affected by a mandatory seismic retrofit, which began in early December and is set to conclude in mid-February.

Burger Joint owner Nidal Nazzal told Mission Local that combined with Valencia Street's changing demographics and the pressures of high labor costs and food delivery apps, the closure wasn't worth weathering. 

"We initially made the decision to come back after retrofitting,” Nazzal told Mission Local, noting that his landlord was supportive. “But the reality of the decision came when we started to look at everything.” 

Burger Joint will continue to operate its location at SFO's Terminal 2. Nazzal also owns Sidewalk Juice, with two Mission locations, and is considering further expansion.

Photo: Andrew D./Yelp

The building that houses Valencia Pizza & Pasta and Burger Joint is also home to card and gift shop Serendipity (803 Valencia St.). A representative for Serendipity told us that the shop reopened this morning, after a two-week closure for the retrofit.

We'll keep an eye on what’s to come in the two empty spaces.

Update, 1/22, 10:02 a.m.: A Hoodline reporter spoke to the building's landlord, who declined to say whether or not Valencia Pizza & Pasta will reopen. We'll continue to attempt to get in touch with the owner.