NOOOOOOOOOO! Crystal's Pizza is Closing

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Crystal's Pizza
The sparkly sign. I want to buy that sparkly sign right now.

I heard a rumor that they were closing. Instantly, all the best pizza parties of my youth flashed before my eyes and I said, "Bullshit." It was bad enough when the Crystal's Pizza across the street from Jesuit closed, but the one in Irving was supposed to exist forever. Forever and ever and ever. Infinity times infinity forever. I picked up the phone and called Crystal's Pizza to confirm that this closing shit was bullshit. I got an answering machine. "They're probably busy. Must be lunch rush. At 2:30pm," I thought.

And then, the Facebook page of the Irving location of Crystal's Pizza & Spaghetti confirmed the worst possible news ever: They are definitely actually closing this weekend. Forever.

How can this be possible? In my head, Crystal's looks like this:

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New Line Cinema

And the games look like this:

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tailgate365.com

And this:

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When I was a kid, we had countless pizza birthday parties there, because: Screw Chuck E. Cheese. The pizza looked and tasted delicious, like this:

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Cane Rosso Facebook page

People tell me that the reality of Crystal's Pizza & Spaghetti doesn't match up with my memories of the place from a million years ago. I choose not to believe those assholes. I choose to believe that Crystal's is closing because they're tired of being so awesome all the time. It has finally worn them out.

All I know is, I've just found the perfect Valentine's Day dinner. One-topping pizzas are only six bucks this week, and you get a free side of sadness, broken dreams and musty carpet smell.

Even sadder/more exciting/weirder, they're selling all of the items inside the restaurant. The FB page says, "We won't be auctioning off the items inside but if you do have anything you'd like to buy please email your name, number, a description of what is you want to buy, and your offer for it to susiechungg@gmail.com. Anything is up for sale, the books, picture frames, machines, games, dolls, books, furniture, etc. TELL US YOUR OFFER, WE'LL NEGOTIATE! We will contact you back after next Sunday about the items."

GIMME THAT FRIGGIN' GLITTER SIGN.

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KEVINK8
KEVINK8

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
THERE IS NO GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

marc2010a
marc2010a

Another part of my childhood being ripped away.

sissyb
sissyb

OMG, we lived at Crystal's the 1st Friday of every month with Holy Family of Nazareth.  We had so many birthday and team parties there.  So many happy last day of school  year.  We moved out of Irving but when we did live there we just loved Crystal's.  We will always keep the memories with us along with all our friends that enjoyed dining there.  Crystal's come out to Flower Mound.

ThomasAC
ThomasAC

Went in last night for one last visit before they close. Loved the place as a kid back in the 80s (way better than Chuck E. Cheese!). Let me just say that if you are torn between going for a last visit or just keeping your good memories, you might consider the latter. It's not unlike visiting a dying grandparent. The food and the place are both very sad situations. 

Stratjdr
Stratjdr

Wow...So many memories from this place. I haven't been in there in 30 years. I'm torn between leaving the memory the way it is, not unlike the delusions of the writer or going to see it for what it is (and probably what it always was) Damn...

G_David
G_David

Sad, but inevitable.  That place opened when I was in 4th grade, or thereabouts.  I remember they had a bunch of TVs upstairs above the sundae bar, which was its own form of awesomeness (as Roger previously pointed out.  He must be related to Mary).  One thing I always found odd was that when we would order a pepperoni pizza, it often came out with one lonely green olive on it.  I asked a friend who worked there in high school - of which there many - "what's up with the green olive?" and he said they did that to keep orders straight in the kitchen.  

I really wish I had the quarters back that I pumped into Centipede, Tempest and Defender there. 

yuhyiuhyuh
yuhyiuhyuh

aww so sad! my friends family owns the place too </3

TunaColada
TunaColada

Crystal's is ONLY Heaven.


The pizza kicks so much ass over any other pizza that it's not even funny, then you think about it and it is a little funny, then not again.


The games involving gripping a single handle and just kind of standing there?  Try THAT with your Dickbox or Wii.


I'm going over there.

CreativeSquall
CreativeSquall

I'm convinced there is a conspiracy against the pizza places that played important moments in my life. First, The Tomato in Denton closed it's doors and my ability to relieve my college years. Then it reopened in Sanger years later, and closed again to once again remind me that college was a long time ago. Now, Crystal's is closed, and I'll never be able to relive my elementary school years. Wait, maybe that's a good thing.

eleventeen
eleventeen

the soccer field out back was prime make out area. right up there with the field next to the skatin' place.

chrystal's will be missed.

dallas_paul
dallas_paul

Thus another piece of my high-school years fades into memory. 

Yes, the pizza sucked. Yes, the attempt at piano bar sucked. Yes, it smelled musty and worn. 

No one cared. We just loved the place, as much for the limited freedom it provided us as for its quirky character, old movie reels and bad video games.

Heavy sigh.

HeatherLeFey
HeatherLeFey

How can I possibly bid on the smell and the euphoria of winning 100 skee ball tickets? This is a tragedy.

StaciaChavarria
StaciaChavarria

My inner child is devastated. RIP Crystals, I'll always treasure what we had.

bifftannen
bifftannen

Oh man, what about the aquarium table in that one room? I don't think I've been to Crystal's since I was a kid, probably 20+ years. Had my first suicide there.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum

Smoked my first cigarette in the Crystals across from Jesuit. That place was awesome. We'd go there before during and after football games. Can't bring myself to go into Tupinamba, or whatever it's called.

A.g. Zolli
A.g. Zolli

A legendary pizza palace. It will be missed.

rogernorthup
rogernorthup

I remember the make your own sundae bar. A crazy, messy, awesome thing for a kid!

Shelby Line
Shelby Line

so sad :( that place was an insitution growing up in irving1

splatt22
splatt22

I too used to go there as a kid and loved it! About three years ago I talked this place up to a friend and took him out to experience it for himself. It was gross and sad! My heart kind of broke as I tried to eat the barely edible pizza next to the CPS monitored visit at the table next to us. We had one slice of pizza and left, the Crystal's we knew as children was gone a long time ago.

Alex Guzman
Alex Guzman

I'm going friday to bid farewell its been around as long as I've been alive.

foodbiatch
foodbiatch

I've spent a couple Valentine's Day dinners at Crystal's, actually. RIP Glitter Sign. Can I have the movie room as my home theater?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

I once had my car broken into in that parking lot while I was purchasing a beeper at the beeper store that used to be next door.  So I left with a new beeper and 100 less CD's.  Oh and Crystal's, I'm disappointed my son will never get to feel the excitement and eat at Crystal's, he will only get to hear stories from me about it.

Nictacular
Nictacular

Can I buy that room where they used to show the movies? Man, if those walls could talk...


ThomasAC
ThomasAC

@Nann Philips 

It's gone. :( I was hoping it was still there too. I was one of my favorite things. 

cheapbastard
cheapbastard

@CogitoErgoSum I've been to the Tupi's that opened there a few times, and it's not ok. They don't have any skee ball. Or arcade games. And the carpet's clean. What the hell.

The closing of that Inwood location was devastating. 


cheapbastard
cheapbastard

@splatt22 No. Crystal's is closing because they're tired of being so awesome all the time. It has finally worn them out. 


markzero
markzero

@Nictacular What do you remember, and I'm guessing it has nothing to do with actual movies? :P

HeatherLeFey
HeatherLeFey

@cheapbastard@CogitoErgoSumI went to Tupinamba as well... It was really weird. I kept having flashbacks of the movie room and of running down that long, dark hallway. BTW - on Tupinamba's website, they claim to have been there since 1947 and that they are the oldest family-owned Mexican restaurant in the city. WTF? 


G_David
G_David

@HeatherLeFey @cheapbastard @CogitoErgoSum I don't think they claim to have been "there" since 1947.  In the 70's and 80's (incidentally, my prime Crystal's years) my family made the drive over from Irving regularly to their location on N.W. Highway near Bachman Lake.  In between, it was briefly at Midway and 635.  I think it was originally located in Oak Cliff.

mewkins
mewkins

Yea, those breadsticks with the "cheese" dip were awesome.

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