Frank’s Pizza in Grass Valley closes |

Frank’s Pizza in Grass Valley closes

FILE — Troy Davis takes a pizza out of the oven at Frank's Pizza in December 2008, after it reopened following a one-year closure. The restaurant abuptly closed again on Sunday night.
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Frank’s Pizza, a longtime local pizzeria located at 122 East Main St., in downtown Grass Valley, abruptly closed Sunday night after serving customers in the area for more than 50 years.

“It was just a family decision to close,” co-owner Troy Davis said. “There’s no underlying issues.”

Initially opened in Nevada City in the late 1950s by Davis’ grandfather, Frank Hobanski, Frank’s Pizza would move to the Hills Flat area before being bought by Davis’ father, Jack Davis, in 1965.

Jack Davis moved the pizzeria to its current location, where it has served pizza to locals for more than 40 years.

In 2007, the restaurant took a one-year hiatus when Jack Davis and his partner, Patty Wright, closed to focus on home repair projects. Keeping it in the family, Troy Davis and his wife Tracey started running the business in December 2008. They officially closed the restaurant on Oct. 12, two months prior to the pizzeria’s anniversary.

“The building is my father’s and I’m not sure what he’s going to do with it,” Davis said.

“The business, we’re going to put it up for sale in the near future. So there’s a definite possibility of it reopening, whether it’s in that location or another is unknown.”

Troy Davis would not comment on the details surrounding the pizzeria’s closing, but said employees were not given advance notice.

“I’m sure there’s tons of rumors and speculation,” Davis said. “But it’s our business, and we decided to close it, and it was closed.”

While other local businesses may be closing due to a lack of customers and revenue, Davis said that was not the case for Frank’s Pizza.

“If anything it’s because it’s too busy. Our business had increased, we had an hour and a half wait every night,” Davis said. “We decided that it’s not what we wanted to do anymore, we wanted to do something else, and that’s it.”

Davis said he hasn’t heard any negative responses from community members about the closing, adding that he has been contacted by customers from as far as Hawaii and Guatemala.

“We hate to see it go, but we have to move on with our lives,” Davis said. “I’d just like to thank all the customers who have supported the business over the years, and my parents for supporting us along the way as well.”

Davis added, “We’re going to miss the people we see all the time, we have hundreds of friends from the business. I’ve grown up in the building, I was born in Nevada County, I lived down Washington Street, and every day of my life the business has been in the family. There’s obviously going to be that loss, but all things come to an end, and it came to an end.”

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email or call 530-477-4236.

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