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Pizza Oven by Gonzaga shuts down, owner blames contractor for unpaid bills


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The Pizza Oven restaurant near Gonzaga University, at 829 E Boone, has shut down.

The restaurant is the second eatery in the retail strip to have closed. Last year, Noodle Works shut down after a few months operation. The property was developed by Spokane resident John Stockton.

Attempts to reach Pizza Oven owner Matt Rai were unsuccessful. He continues operating a Pizza Oven in River Park Square downtown.

Rai posted a sign on his Boone Avenue store blaming the closure on a general contractor who allegedly failed to pay the subcontractors who finished building the store.

The location used to be the home of Mark Starr's David's Pizza. Starr continues to have plans to reopen that business in downtown Spokane.

Last take on the bulldog removed from wall mural; plus, portrait of Tom Quinn

For some reason we still have more to say about the plight of Mary Livingston, owner of the 1305 Club, once known as the Bulldog (Tavern).

The curious little sidelight to Livingston's effort to find a lasting name for the tavern is the distraction caused by a wall mural for the business. Livingston said the mural was commissioned by previous building owner, Willard Quinn. And the result (above, right image) was done by Spokane artist Tom Quinn (no relation to Willard).

Two sections of Quinn's wall mural at the business will not remain or have already been removed. The first is the curious portrait of a bulldog with a top hat (above, left image) that was on the wall for awhile, then removed.

Livingston said no one asked her to take it down. Cryptically, Livingston said it was something she just wanted covered over, but didn't specify the reason.

The second is an attempted portrait of GU basketball hall-of-famer John Stockton. See the item down below to see what happened with that part of the mural.

Quinn said he'll be working the wall this weekend and will likely “fix” the Stockton portrait.

Both images, above, provided from Tom Quinn's Facebook page.

Why does John Stockton dislike his face on the wall of a GU neighborhood pub?

Two leftovers from today's SR story about the naming dilemma faced by Mary Livingston, the business woman who took over what used to be the premise of the Bulldog, near Gonzaga University.

First, let's catch up on David Trefry, who ran the Bulldog from 1996 until last summer, when the building owner Willard Quinn III wouldn't give him a good deal on buying it. Quinn then turned around and sold it to Livingston.

Trefry took the business name and has been looking around for spots, including possibly in the new Kendall Yards project.  He also caused a minor stir when he renewed his business license with the city. The permit said: The Bulldog Tavern. That alerted some folks who knew that originally the business, well before Trefry took it over, was known as the Bulldog Tavern. 

He changed the name in 2005, to comply with state liquor law requirements. Trefry said people wondered if he was reverting to the old name. The answer is no, he said in an email. The permit is still for The Bulldog, but city clerks used the wrong name.

The second item:  Livingston was told by Willard Quinn III that John Stockton wasn't happy that his portrait was part of a mural painted by local artist Tom Quinn (no relation to Willard). The oddity is the Tom Quinn portrait of Stockton on the wall (see image above, where it is to the right of Livingston) has to be the worst ever of the former GU and Utah Jazz star.

Quinn the artist said he sorta winged it, not really knowing how large Stockton is. That explains why he made JS about 6 foot 7. But it doesn't explain how the face is so un-Stockton like. That may be why JS doesn't like it. The face is nowhere near that of Stockton, even from 20 years ago.

We asked a contact to ask Stockton for a statement, but heard nothing so far.

Tom Quinn said he now realizes he can't leave the “Stockton” image on the wall. He figures he'll probably change that body into the shape of former GU hoop star Casey Calvary.

A few days ago, before the story ran, Tom Quinn said he was planning to do a better Stockton image on the other end of that mural. Now that Stockton has made it clear he's not happy with the plan, that won't happen.

David’s Pizza: new location selected; opening date not certain

Well-established pizza places tend to hang on. Case in point: popular David's Pizza, which has operated for more than a dozen years on North Hamilton in the Gonzaga district, is relocating downtown.

Owner Mark Starr said he hoped to reopen the new David's in September. Permits and paperwork now look to push that back until October.

The new site is about 5,200 square feet of leased space at 803 N. Post (photo above). That's not the same building as the one that has his old David's signs sitting on top. The 803 address is at the corner of Post and Mallon, about a half block east from where the signs are stored. (Property owner Marcus DeWood is allowing Starr to store the signs there until they can be refurbised.)

Starr continues operating a catering business out of his second restaurant, Famous Ed's on Spokane's South Hill.

Starr left his old location in July after property owner John Stockton decided to raze the building and build a new retail center at that site. Starr said he could have stayed except he couldn't arrange a deal for the amount of space needed.

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