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After Gas Explosion, Pizzicato Pizza Rises From the Ashes

The local pizza chain location reopens after five-month closure

Pizzicato Pizza

In October 2016, a severe explosion leveled the corner of NW Glisan and NW 23rd in Portland’s Northwest neighborhood, and while there were no fatalities, eight people were injured and many businesses had to close. The question ever since has been which will reopen.

Today, The O reports the Pizzicato Pizza location at 505 N.W. 23rd Ave. is back in business, after being closed five months. The NW23rd location operates daily, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. In total, Portland-based Pizzicato franchise has 15 local pizzerias.

Other fire-damaged businesses have not been so lucky, including Portland Bagelworks, which is still trying to recover. The company has recently been selling its bagels for retail in select grocers, from Portland to Beaverton to Eugene, and it has held a GoFundMe campaign and other fundraisers. The 23 Hoyt restaurant was also damaged but reopened swiftly. Also affected were Dosha Salon and Jason Kundell’s Artwork Rebels Tattoo Studio.