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It's time to grab a last slice of pizza and bid adieu to Little DeMarinis. (PHOTO: Little DeMarinis)

Little DeMarinis pizzeria to close sooner than expected

It's time to circle a date on your calendar for a final night of pizza (or fish fry) at Little DeMarinis, 2860 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

According to co-owner Veronica Cieslak, the popular Bay View pizzeria will serve its final thin-crust pies on Saturday, March 3.

Last August Cieslak and her husband Joey hung a banner in front of their Bay View pizzeria, hoping to garner interest from someone who wanted to purchase their well-established family business. In the meantime, they announced they would continue to operate Little DeMarinis through the end of their lease in July 2018.

Cieslak says that while they did attract the interest of a few parties over the past six months, their decision to sell was ultimately stalled when The American Legion Post 180 made an even more final decision: to sell the building.

The end of an era

The DeMarinis legacy began in the 1950s when Lucille and Vincent DeMarinis founded their namesake pizzeria at 2457 S. Wentworth Ave. (now the home of Goodkind). The business persisted for nearly 60 years thanks to the efforts of family members including RoseMary Latter and Josephine DeMarinis.

After the restaurant closed in 2012, Veronica and her husband revived revived the restaurant and the family recipes, including DeMarinis famous thin-crust pizza, and opened Little DeMarinis in February 2014.

However, after four years Cieslak says it's time to let go, at least for now. "Perhaps Little DeMarinis might re-open down the road in a new location," she noted.

We can only hope.


blewparrot | Feb. 22, 2018 at 10:45 a.m. (report)

I was very happy when Little DeMarini's opened and brought Kimberly along to help. The business was doing rather well when Veronica was there overseeing things. However, once Veronica took her hand off the pulse and turned the operation over to others to manage things the business quickly went down hill. It's unfortunate, but that's what happens when the owner is not keeping a close eye on her business and customer's reactions. The pizza quality went south rapidly!

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