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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.

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.