JUST IN: PizzaFire restaurant closure ‘is permanent,’ realtor says

The PizzaFire restaurant in Kettering, which still had a sign on its door today announcing it had “temporarily closed for renovations” effective Tuesday, is actuallly closed for good, according to the commercial real-estate agent who is already shopping the space to other prospective tenants.

"They have closed permanently," Robert Zavakos, senior vice president of the commercial real estate firm NAI Bergman, told this news outlet today, Jan. 11. "I just received a listing to release the 3,030 square feet. My signs went up in the window today."

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Zavakos said he has “had a lot of interest already” in the retail space at 4325 Far Hills Ave., which has a built-in drive-through, a feature that has become increasingly popular with restaurant and coffee retailers, among others.

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Messages left for PizzaFire officials this morning and earlier this week have not been returned. The Kettering PizzaFire opened on Aug. 30, 2016.

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Cleveland-based PizzaFire has a fast-serve, built-to-order service line similar to Chipotle and Subway, offering diners the choice of 40 toppings, six sauces, and five cheeses on a pie that is placed into an 800-degree and cooked in three minutes.

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The concept is similar to Kettering-based Rapid Fired Pizza — which launched in late 2015 and now has multiple locations throughout the Dayton area — and Seattle-based MOD Pizza, which has opened its first two Dayton-area locations in Englewood and Centerville.

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