Shakespeare’s Pizza Restaurant Demolished

An excavator claw softens up the south side of a Shakespeare’s Pizza wall Wednesday. Emery Sapp and Sons began dismantling the west side of Shakespeare’s Pizza at about 6 a.m.

On Wednesday morning, Lewis watched a demolition crew tear down the building in which she spent much of her childhood alongside her parents, Shakespeares owners Jay and Nancy Lewis. Emery Sapp and Sons is demolishing the iconic Shakespeares building to make room for a building that will include retail on the first floor, office space on the second, and apartment space on the top four floors, Shakespeares general manager Kurt Mirtsching said. Mirtsching said he plans to salvage most of the bricks from the original building and has already assembled a team to clean them so they will be usable once rebuilding begins. We’ve been mad about it, excited for the new building, nostalgic and sentimental about our time in the original building, Mirtsching said. Read entire article: