Updated: Pyzano's Pizzeria Says Goodbye 21 Years Later

Owner Frank Gemignani announced on Thursday morning the restaurant that's been open for more than two decades will not be reopening.

Updated June 22 12:12 p.m.

After months of having its doors closed, announced that it will not reopen.

Owner Frank Gemignani sent Castro Valley Patch the following message Thursday afternoon:

I wanted to let you know that my efforts to re-open Pyzano's were unsuccessful. I would appreciate it if you could let the people of Castro Valley know that I will not be re-opening. I also would like to thank all of the loyal customers and employees that made the last 21 years of my life wonderful.

I love Castro Valley and I am very grateful to the community for all there positive support. Deciding not to re-open was the most difficult decision I have ever had to make. Only my love for Castro Valley, our customers and my staff kept me hanging on.

When I opened Pyzano's in 1991 I was a 22-year-old boy who had no idea what I was doing. Now 21 years later I'm a man, a husband and a father. Opening a business in Castro Valley was the best decision I have ever made!

I'm sorry that we had to close. I hope that someday I can be back in CV with another business so that I can be apart of the community I love so much. Until then I hope you all continue to support all the wonderful local business' that Castro Valley has to offer.

Thank you for 21 wonderful years!

In early March, the restaurant, located at 3835 E. Castro Valley Blvd. in the 580 Market Place Shopping Center,according to Gemignani. He had plans of reopening soon after, but weeks turned into months and the eatery remained closed.

Property management company Weingarten Realty posted [see photo attached] prior to Gemignani's official announcement of the restaurant's closure.

Weingarten Realty's Marketing Manager Carrie Murray said this is common practice by landlords "if the lease is coming up for renewal or if the tenant will vacate the space."

However, she did not release further detail regarding the Pyzano's status.

On Friday morning, the restuarant remained completely empty — kitchen equipment and furniture were nowhere to be found. The eatery's signage was removed and an eviction notice hung on the front door.

In late February, neighboring 580 Market Place restaurant in a similar way. told Patch his eviction was due to his inability to pay rent, especially when the economy took a turn for the worse. He was barely hanging on by a thread— paying more than $15,000 each month.

In March, he updated Patch saying .

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V H July 12, 2012 at 07:44 PM
V H July 12, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Pyzano's PIZZA was OVERRATED and expensive! Tony made so much MONEY with his 15 minutes of FAME and later threw the business/bother/customers under the bus!
Joe t August 14, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Castro valley sucks now. There are NO good restaurants here. They say "keep your business in CV". BS. THIS HAS TURNED INOT ANOTHER LOWLIFE TOWN!!!!!!!
David Ross August 14, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Two words: Norman's Grill. The food isn't fancy but it is very good! The service is fantastic. Another word: Chipotle. Yes, it is a chain but they have great burritos and good service.
Kern and Olga Lewis September 07, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I must echo Mr. Ross here. Our problem is not too much government. It is the kind of government we have in the unincorporated area. Plus, the citizens of Castro Valley chose in 2000 to stay unincorporated, which leads to lower taxes, but also lower planning and services (a point not properly discussed in that election!) This "town" truly has gotten what it pays for in community planning. That is, very little. You see the results in the uncoordinated way development does or does not happen here: The boulevard reconstruction is exhibit A on this point. The concept was great, and may turn out well, but the proper management by county-level officials has been lacking. (I admit the economic crisis played a big role in this, but if local pols were running this job, the results would have been better.)


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