Everyone has been affected by by Covid-19 in different ways. For me, something tragic happened that was beyond anything I could have ever imagined.

We knew Covid-19 would cause sickness.

We knew it would cause death.

We knew it would cause disruptions and chaos in our world, but for me, the unthinkable happened.

My favorite pizza restaurant went out of business.

I’m not talking about a Pizza Hut or Dominos. I’m referring to a wonderful old school family run New York style joint named Italian Delight that was not only some of the best pizza in the Kansas City area, but the entire country. Sadly, the restaurant was another unfortunate victim of covid.

The place was always packed during normal times. Lines of people went out the door on any given day, all day, waiting to dine in or take home a delicious pie or other fine Italian fare. The place was no frills. It was old fashioned counter service and didn’t even offer delivery. The pizza was so popular that multiple TV news stations ran stories about the closing. One of the reporters was even crying on the air talking about it. It was pretty good pizza, and the closing truly was a big deal for the area.

The place was struggling during 2020 because the lunch crowd traffic had ceased due to everyone working from home, but they tried to remain open. My heart was broken when they closed for a few months over the summer, but happiness returned when they reopened in the fall of 2020. Customers came back, but the traffic never picked up to the pre-covid levels. Many people besides myself were in disbelief that such a successful established neighborhood destination open for decades would just close overnight, but they did.

One Sunday night in May of 2021, they locked the doors at closing time, never to reopen, leaving only a small note on the door and a voice mail message to let people know. Just like that, it was gone.

I have some other places where I can still get my pizza fix, but this was among the best. It’s going to hurt for a long time. This is why I preach for people to shop local. Support family run businesses, especially pizza restaurants. We can’t afford to lose anymore good restaurants.

Do your part. Go order a pizza.

People’s lives depend on it.

~ Marty ~

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