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story.lead_photo.caption FILE - Pizza D’Action, or Pizza D’s, at 2919 W. Markham St. in Little Rock.

Longtime Stifft Station pizza joint Pizza D'Action, better known as Pizza D, plans to close at the end of December, general manager Vince Zakrzewski confirmed Wednesday.

Zakrzewski had learned of the shuttering from owner Orville "Davey" Davis in recent weeks, though staff members were told Tuesday. The restaurant and bar's anticipated last day of business is Dec. 30, ending an era for a "staple of the neighborhood," he said.

"It's the spot you come to," said Zakrzewski, who has worked at Pizza D'Action for more than 20 years. "We have cheap drinks, we have good service, that's what we do."

There isn't a specific reason for the closure Zakrzewski could share, but he did not think the business had been sold and he isn't expecting another tenant to move into that address. He noted that the space needs work to bring it in compliance with the building code.

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About 20 people will be let go when the restaurant and bar closes, he said.

Sitting on West Markham Street in Little Rock, Pizza D'Action has been open since the 1970s and has been host to a few newsworthy incidents over the years, such as the 2011 crash of a Toyota Camry through its front window.

It has an old-fashioned neighborhood dive feel, with smoky rooms, brick walls decorated with beer advertisements and Halloween decorations up well into November.

A regular crowd shows up in the afternoons and during late-night hours, and many people who drop in have become friends or are otherwise connected, Zakrzewski said, pointing to a nearby patron. "That's my landlord behind you right now."

Two women seated at a front table watching Wednesday afternoon's snow were dismayed to hear of the venue's closing.

Lindsay Gilbert said she had been visiting there for about 10 years, since she was old enough to legally drink, and lamented the loss of its brunch.

"[It] just kind of is a good stop-in spot," she said. "Now I'm depressed."

At nearby coffee and bike shop The Meteor, manager Steven Smith said he also had been frequenting Pizza D'Action for about a decade.

While he doesn't want the restaurant and bar to close, he expressed an amused skepticism about the announcement, mentioning a previously planned rebranding that didn't pan out.

"I feel like the owners are always announcing something," he said. "I wonder if this is just another red herring on their part."

Zakrzewski did say that there was a possibility that Pizza D'Action could remain open, though he declined to explain under what circumstances that might take place.

He had been distraught to break the news to employees, and said the restaurant and bar's closure will turn out the lights on a Little Rock fixture.

"It's been tearing me apart for a while," he said. "If you don't go to Pizza D's, you ain't been anywhere, man."

Metro on 11/15/2018

Print Headline: Stalwart Pizza D'Action in Little Rock set to close in December

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  • Delta2
    November 15, 2018 at 7:57 a.m.

    I really liked this place during the late 80's when I lived in LR, but I have to say I had a less than stellar experience recently when I was in town for a meeting. I had pizza on my mind, and walked in about 11:10am. Doors were open, lights were on, so I thought I had arrived at an optimum time, before the lunch crowd hit. Someone walked in from the back and told me in a somewhat terse tone that they were not open for another 20 minutes. Nothing like, "have a seat and give me a few minutes". I got the sense I was trespassing. Maybe I interrupted a smoke break. Anyway, I considered sitting in my vehicle or driving around for 20 minutes, and then made a better decision...I went to Vino's.

    I hope that my experience was an isolated event, but I have to wonder with this latest announcement.

  • Jfish
    November 15, 2018 at 8:20 a.m.

    Yep, hate it for the employees. I figure pizza places are like burger places, pretty competitive and probably difficult to survive.

  • JiminyC56
    November 15, 2018 at 9 a.m.

    Place was a dump, full of druggies and drug dealers.

  • PopMom
    November 15, 2018 at 9:07 a.m.

    Yes, I liked it in the late 70s to early 90s, but it got pretty nasty after that. I have not been back in 10 years. I had a good experience at the neighboring Oyster Bar recently.

  • WillieHeckaslyke
    November 15, 2018 at 9:36 a.m.

    Over filled ashtray with free nicotine at every breath...

  • Libertarian
    November 15, 2018 at 10:51 a.m.

    I was there 15 or so years ago.

    A framed print was hanging crooked on the wall. I reached up to straighten it and a mascot scampered out from under it. LAST visit.

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