Friday, March 08, 2019
PIE FIVE FAILS IN WESTPORT: DID RISING VIOLENCE KILL PIZZA PLACE?!?!
Locals mostly missed this worthwhile examination of a pizza pullout in Midtown Kansas City.
KC Biz Journal: Why Pie Five Pizza closed its Westport location
"The local franchisees of Pie Five Pizza Co. closed their Westport location less than a year after reinvesting in the space with an expansive craft beer concept and upgraded patio . . . The Westport restaurant faced ongoing challenges with sales volume and foot traffic. Although on "countless weekends" the parking lot was packed, the restaurant wasn't. Westport patrons opted for full-service bars to watch sports, and the Pie Five space was tucked in the back of a shopping center."
However . . .
Here are a few alternative theories given that the location wasn't that bad and the parking was better than most Westport biz:
Pie Five is for suburban d-bags who might not feel safe as violence and street fights continue to plague the party district.
To be fair, there are much better pizza places in Midtown and this generic fare is targeted mostly for middle-class families who have given up on nearly everything interesting about life.
Most importantly . . .
THE PIE FIVE FAILS FORESHADOWS HARSH TIMES FOR ALL OF THE GENERIC CHAIN RESTAURANTS TAKING OVER WESTPORT!!!
People don't need to leave the suburbs to go to Pie Five or most of the other new places, the Westport "experience" is about a somewhat exotic old school Kansas City location where sketchy character cut loose and patrons can have the time of their lives if the don't get stabbed in the face.
You decide . . .