The King Street restaurant closures continue. Last month, Charleston seemed really upset about losing burrito chain Moe’s Southwest Grill, because even though Chipotle is right across the street, Moe’s had stood on that corner for 20 years. And now another long-standing staple departs downtown with the closure of Monza Pizza Bar. The wood-fired, Italian-race-car-themed restaurant sat at 451 King Street for 13 years, and even expanded in 2019.
Monza made the announcement on Instagram:
After 13 years of business, Monza’s time has come to an end. Thank you, Charleston, for your enduring support and goodwill - it was a joy to serve so many customers over the years. Though our ovens have served their last pizza, we won’t soon forget all of the incredible memories made within these walls.❤️
Before shuttering, Monza had difficulty finding employees to keep the shop running, like many other establishments during the pandemic. The restaurant stopped offering lunch and slimmed down the menu, but closed the doors in November 2021, in what was thought to be a temporary measure, until it was “... able to staff the restaurant in a manner commensurate with the quality experience we strive to provide.” Now, that seemingly short-term closure is permanent.