A surge of positive publicity and reviews about its unusual food and family-friendly style, an engaging owner, and a cooperative City Council weren’t enough: Pizza Motus at 6119 Edloe St. in West University has closed after 11 months in business.
The announcement comes via a note tacked to the eatery’s front door: “Thank you for the memories…Unfortunately, Pizza Motus is out of business. We would like to thank all of you for the support over this last year. It was beautiful.”
Owner Will Gruy’s backstory — a motorcycle racer-turned-restaurateur who longed to re-create the crispy, airy-crusted, rectangular pizza al’taglio he’d fallen in love with in Rome — kicked off the small restaurant with a promising slew of publicity.
The fast casual spot was located in the former Edloe Street Café and included a simple menu of small plates, sandwiches and healthy salads and grain bowls, as well as BYOB with no corkage fee.
More than 70 largely raving reviews on Yelp had earned it 4 ½ stars out of 5 possible and accolades such as, “This is the neighborhood pizza nook of your dreams.”
Just last month, the City Council unanimously — and without discussion — approved an alcohol variance permit to clear the way for beer and wine sales at the restaurant, a regulatory necessity because of its proximity to West University Elementary School.