YORK-The Pizza Shop, located at 5214 George Washington Highway in Washington Square Shopping Center in Grafton, appears to have officially closed. Established in 1982, the restaurant was a local’s favorite known for its pizza and submarine sandwiches.
The establishment’s telephone has been disconnected and doors have remained closed since Thanksgiving. James W. “Jim” Noel Jr., director of York County Office of Economic & Tourism Development, said the company currently has an active business license. “I haven’t heard anything about them closing, but like many restaurants, the pandemic has hurt their business,” said Noel.
The Pizza Shop was sold to Brandon Triolet on January 1, 2018, after previous longtime owner Brian Betts decided to start a new venture and opened Uncle B’s Toys & Collectibles in Yorktown.
Triolet had been with The Pizza Shop for more than 20 years. A graduate of Grafton High School, he started his career as a dishwasher and worked his way up to management before occupying the role of owner.
For the past few decades, The Pizza Shop held many fundraisers in partnership with the Yorktown School Division and York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office and sponsored numerous youth athletic teams.
A notice of recovery of possession dated December 21, 2021, is taped to the restaurant’s front door. Peninsula Chronicle attempted to reach Triolet with no response. A representative from S.L. Nusbaum Realty declined to comment.