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UPDATE: Why Did the City Close This Pizza Shop for Four Hours?

Building officials required Zappitelli’s on Madison to remove its dining room tables Friday morning. The business re-opened later in the day.

UPDATE: This post was updated at 5:50 p.m. to reflect that the pizza shop reopened its doors for business.

Employees from Zappitelli’s on Madison arrived to work Friday morning and found a padlock and a notice from the city forcing the business to close until it resolved building code violations. 

The pizza shop on Madison Avenue — that recently announced it was closing its doors by the end of the year — was required to remove the dining room tables. 

Per city code, the business does not have public restrooms, therefore it cannot allow dining room seating.

“We’re allowed to have tables, but not people dining in,” said Zappitelli's on Madison Avenue owner Adam Carroll. 

Once the tables were taken out, the business reopened at around 4:40 p.m.

“I’ve decided to turn the tables into artwork and sell them,” Carroll said.

Dru Siley, the city’s director of building and housing, said the business was given a notice that it would have to close until the tables were removed.

“This has been going on for year,” he said. “We’re willing to work them if they want to do what needs to be done and add restrooms.”

“We think Zappitelli’s is great,” Siley added. “We’ve been working hard to resolve this, unfortunately they’ve been unwilling to take any action.”

A court case is pending in Lakewood Municipal Court on the issue.

In August, Carroll announced that the business would close is doors by the end of the year, citing a general lack of parking in the area.

A dispute with the neighbors didn’t help the situation.

Gabrielle McKernan October 30, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Hello, my name is Gabrielle McKernan - I am the owner of the business next door to Zappitelli's. I do not know why they are personally blaming MODA for their parking problems, or why anyone thinks that we have anything to do with the parking issues for the building. I can tell you that Zappitelli's had all their employees taking up all the metered parking all day, which was handled by city parking enforcement. We now do not have free 15 minute parking. My mother and I have put A LOT of time and money into our store and take A LOT of pride in our business. I am sick of being put in the middle of Zappitelli's own problems. I am trying to run my own business and do not want to be involved with Zappitelli's closing -- it has NOTHING to do with my mother, my business or myself. I would appreciate it if everyone stopped bringing "THE NEIGHBORS" (which is my store) into this situation. My business does everything by the books, I'd love for anyone to come see. I am not responsible for others actions, and for others not running their business properly. Thank you.
Gabrielle McKernan October 30, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Hello, my name is Gabrielle McKernan - I am the owner of the business next door to Zappitelli's. I do not know why they are personally blaming MODA for their parking problems, or why anyone thinks that we have anything to do with the parking issues for the building. I can tell you that Zappitelli's had all their employees taking up all the metered parking all day, which was handled by city parking enforcement. We now do not have free 15 minute parking. My mother and I have put A LOT of time and money into our store and take A LOT of pride in our business. I am sick of being put in the middle of Zappitelli's own problems. I am trying to run my own business and do not want to be involved with Zappitelli's closing -- it has NOTHING to do with my mother, my business or myself. I would appreciate it if everyone stopped bringing "THE NEIGHBORS" (which is my store) into this situation. My business does everything by the books, I'd love for anyone to come see. I am not responsible for others actions, and for others not running their business properly. Thank you.
Gabrielle McKernan October 30, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Hi Colin I am the owner of MODA, Zappitelli's neighbors. I would appreciate it if you did not include my business in articles about Zappitelli's. Even though you do not say MODA directly, it is assumed by everyone who reads these articles. My business has nothing to do with them not following city codes, or their customers receiving parking tickets. My customers have received tickets as well but you don't see articles about that. I do not want to be associated with their problems. I take a lot of pride in my business and I run my business by the books. People are saying bad things about the "neighbors" in these comments because these articles are saying we are the problem. WE ARE NOT THE PROBLEM. I have plenty of pictures showing their employees taking up the metered parking. Please feel free to ask for them. A dispute with my business has nothing to do with their business closing. Please do not say things that are not true. You do not know the whole story and I don't want to be associated with their business anymore. Thank you very much. Gabrielle McKernan
Richard Palin December 02, 2012 at 07:23 AM
At least the owner's mother offered to cook in the homes of people who had purchased gift certs and stuff. How may out of business owners would do that?...most would just refund the money.
Richard Palin December 02, 2012 at 08:02 AM
I have ordered food from Jibarros Truck a few times and the food is much nicer than Italian fare. I for one look forward to walking down to the corner shop instead of sprinting after a truck for a sandwich...and how many people can say they were served by Elvis? Not the real Elvis but the nicer looking one one who makes nicer food.

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