Grimaldi’s press photo


A popular pizza chain has closed in Baton Rouge. 

A spokesperson with the Mall of Louisiana confirmed Tuesday morning that Grimaldi’s Pizzeria closed. 

The Phoenix, Arizona-based chain opened the Baton Rouge location in 2014 on the Boulevard near the Mall of Louisiana. The Boulevard is a shopping strip behind the mall that includes other shops such as Jos A. Bank and the burger chain Red Robin, among others.

Grimaldi’s specializes in traditional and specialty pizzas, blasted in a coal brick oven. No specific reasons were given for the restaurant’s closure.

In other recent Grimaldi’s news, the original location in Brooklyn, New York was closed down by the state department of health due to health violations, including “shuttered due to evidence of mice, failure to conduct proper rodent proofing, and improperly maintained plumbing systems,” according to an article from the New York Post

Update (2:47 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1): A spokesperson with Grimaldi's has contacted The Advocate to tell us that the closure of the Grimaldi's in Brooklyn, New York is not affiliated with the restaurant's locations across the country. Grimaldi's Pizzeria's headquarters is located in Phoenix, Arizona. We regret this error. 

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