As Walmart Moves In Across From Bachman Lake, Al's Pizzeria Sent Looking For New Home

alspizzeria1.JPG
A panicked reader asks this morning about the fate of his beloved Al's Pizzeria on Northwest Highway, which opened in '74 and is there no more.
"Tried to order a pizza at my favorite NW Dallas joint on Monday -- phone rang with no answer. Went by yesterday. They closed in August and said they were moving to a new location. Do you know where that is? I need my Al's!"
Wait, what? Because, see, I thought we already covered this on Unfair Park back in March, when we noted that Walmart was coming in and devouring that entire aging shopping center across from Bachman Lake, displacing more than a few longtime mom-and-pops. I called Al's at the time and was told they'd be temporarily taking over the old Howard Wang's spot in the same parking lot, before finally relocating to a more permanent home shortly after that. But, no. That's not what happened.

"That didn't work out," owner Medo Tjetrovic told me this afternoon. "That was a temporary move, but it didn't work out. So we decided to wait till we get a new location and then move into it." He says he expects that to happen "in four months, if not sooner."

Al's, legendary not only amongst those of us in Northwest Dallas for its New York-style pizza, will have a new phone number when it reopens: 214-325-4535. Tjetrovic, who's owned the joint since '80 and whose nieces have worked behind the counter for as long as I can remember, also vows he'll stay in the same general area: "We do a lot of business with Southwest Airlines, and if we go further they won't be able to give us any business."

And he's hustling as fast as he can to find a new home. Because he didn't expect to have his doors closed at all, much less for a few months. Sure, it's hard for the faithful. But imagine what it's doing to him and his family: "We're hurting. It's been hard. But we're gonna do it right, get a new place and open up as soon as we can."

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
9 comments
Turbough
Turbough

Good was food but the inside of this place always felt a little dirty to me.  The staff wasn't the friendliest either.  I like a little personality when I eat out and this place was lacking.  The food was good but everything else prevent me from going there more often.

Fuel and Oil
Fuel and Oil

Als or Al's  was nasty lately, they closed because it was dead, no business.

Come to my Pizza Place "New York Pizza Pasta and Subs"  at 10009 N Macarthur Blvd # 121Irving, TX 75063 and I will treat you like a king/queen. I also have a website called www.newyorkpps.com ... See you soon. BENO

baba
baba

Als or Al's  was nasty lately, they closed because it was dead, no business.

Come to my Pizza Place "New York Pizza Pasta and Subs"  at 10009 N Macarthur Blvd # 121 Irving, TX 75063 and I will treat you like a king/queen. I also have a website called www.newyorkpps.com ... See you soon. BENO

baba
baba

Als or Al's  was nasty lately, they closed because it was dead, no business. Medo Pjetrovic closed Al's Pizzeria and moved away because of his ponzi scheme problems http://www.forumjar.com/forums...

HK
HK

Similar issue (not exact) with big guys coming into these areas:  but the vet at Preston Royal that has been there for 30 years can no longer board animals (even though it specified in their lease that the can) because Centtal Market had an issue with it... Really??  Fish City Grill shares a common wall and it doesnt seem to be an issue for them

Missmaei
Missmaei

that place was so nasty lately, the pizza has gone downhill, but I live in the are and will give them another try when they relocate

twinwillow
twinwillow

I remember when Al's first opened. Back then, it was truly the first really good pizza in Dallas. As ex New Yorkers 11 years removed, it was like a gift from heaven for us.

Richard M. McCord II
Richard M. McCord II

Tell me they at least got compensated for losing their place of business? Hell, haven't they been their long enough to qualify for the same Law that protects old houses and such? They're basically a Landmark.

1452541
1452541

easy u came  here with an education of a sheep herder  and  bum dont talk  when the only reason u have that place is because  of  dallas  and like they say easy come easy go  easy with the big words dont offend people  and dont bite what u cant chew  and  god givith and i take away especially  when u cant take care of yourself  and not judging but did u finally  come out of the closet  or what dude aslong as u take it like a man im proud of u keep it taut

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...