West Hollywood Loses Another Restaurant with Closure of TPJ (The Pizza Joint)

The Pizza Joint
The Pizza Joint

Another West Hollywood restaurant, TPJ (The Pizza Joint), has closed its doors.

TJP opened in December at 8729 Santa Monica Blvd. between Gym Bar and Five Guys. As WEHOville.com reported in May, there were apparent signs of trouble earlier this year when the business was listed as for sale on a real estate site.

The pizza place’s exit comes close on the heels of the closure of two WeHo dessert spots, Glazed Donut Bistro and Plops.


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Larry Block
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Just a quick note that the extended parking meters have in fact hurt the traffic in the area. You are only allowed to ‘park’ for 2 hours. As you can see from there other articles.. Richard Grossi @ Eleven also announced the sale of his business.. it wasn’t because business is great. He was mitigating this business environment and ‘getting out’ The city has doubled the rates for special event permits..(including sidewalk sales)… and has the traffic in the area has dropped tremendously. And to be quite honest, I’m next. If you are not on this street daily its hard… Read more »

Manny
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Manny

……and thanks for sharing.

DK
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@Flores St. Perhaps you should look at how to form a coherent argument before you pop off at the mouth and try to refute me with non sequiturs that merely prove my points. I never said or intimated that Beverly Hills offers free parking everywhere all the time. The fact remains that they offer a substantial amount more of free parking than West Hollywood — including the side streets on the north corridor of Santa Monica Blvd that just about all have permit free neighborhood street parking, meaning you only need cross Santa Monica Blvd. at almost any given point… Read more »

Manny
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Manny

right on Flores!…..I think good old “DK” thinks just because he/she says something it must be true and people will believe it.

What color is the sky DK?….lol

Flores St.
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Flores St.

@DK: The City of Beverly Hills only offers free parking until 6 pm in their main, most well placed structures, so your entire line of argument is completely 100% wrong when you complain about extended parking hours, Also, their meters run until 9 pm during the week and until 6 pm on Sundays. Do your homework before you character assassinate everyone who doesn’t agree with you.

http://www.beverlyhills.org/cbhfiles/storage/files/19413847531522860740/ParkingAuthorityFeeSchedule-FINAL2014-15.pdf

http://www.beverlyhills.org/citygovernment/parkingservices/parkingmetersamendment/

Manny
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Manny

Seems to me that the reason these businesses are closing is because their business plans failed not because of extended meter hours.

Is there metered parking available or not? If there is, then that solves the parking problem. If there isn’t, then there must be plenty of customers to be had if you have the right product.

But I can’t figure out who those customers are anymore…..and it hasn’t been easy for business owners to figure it out either.

DK
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Right @Manny, because Lord knows business were closing left and right in WeHo before extended parking hours. Oh, wait, no they weren’t. And Beverly Hills, where FREE parking is offered, has such a parking problem like WeHo that businesses can barely operate there. Oh wait, no they don’t. Does City Council really expect 1 hour parking on Hancock to be 1) known to random visitors and 2) be a viable option? Who can meet and eat in 1 hour? Does City Council’s paid Internet shills defending the City’s indefensible extension of parking hours till midnight for no reason except to… Read more »

Donald
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Donald

Just go to Beverly Hills.
Parking is FREE for the first 2 hours.
All WEHO wants is to be able to write tickets.

Manny
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Manny

Parking would really be impossible on “Meterless Mondays” or “Ticket-Free Tuesdays”.

All the available parking spaces would be taken up at 6pm and hoarded by workers, residents or the lucky parking lottery winners for the entire night. There would be no turn over. Parking would END at 6PM.

But yes, I understand why the people that use to drive into town in 1998 at 5:30pm, park free at a meter until 2am and then drive home drunk do miss that amenity……TOO BAD!

Todd Bianco
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Lots of parking complaints. Good thing I can walk to most of these places and leave my car at home. Perhaps the City should think of doing something like a parking meter holiday once a month – like on a Tuesday – a slow day for many businesses. Give free meter parking and free spaces in the Library parking structure. It might help out businesses and help with the City’s parking unfriendly image. You know, Meterless Mondays or Ticket-free Tuesday. None of this would have helped TPJ – it was doomed with poor branding, mediocre service and odd choice of… Read more »

Pat Dixon
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Pat Dixon

Todd, that is a great idea. Meterless Mondays or Ticket-Free Tuesdays, and parking at the library should be easy enough. I think you should bring it up at the next city council meeting; just throw it out there. It really makes me sad to think of all the dreams and hopes and money invested and then poof, down the drain it goes. But I think they did not “brand” it well.

Flores St.
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Flores St.

Again with the parking…. Hancock Lofts offers 1 hour free parking, and the subsequent incremental fees are surprisingly low. And if there were not meters on Melrose, you would never be able to park there because it would all be taken up by residents.

Larrabee Grouch
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Larrabee Grouch

won’t be missed at all. Was extremely overpriced, mediocre pizza with rude service. THe pseudo fine dining atmosphere didnt help. This wasn’t a place where you could grab a quick slice of pizza or two to go (as most people prefer), you had to sit down, order with a waiter, and spend minimum $20 for a whole pizza to yourself. Of course it wasn’t going to work. Z pizza, rustica, and greenwich have survived because they offer cheap, fast options by the slice and cater to late night drunks.