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Pizzeria to go “on hiatus” until next Carnival season

Contact: Will Samuels (504) 872-0731

NEW ORLEANS, LA- February 26, 2018– Will Samuels, co-owner of Lakeview’s Pizza Nola, announced today the pizzeria will suspend operations with its final day of business on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

“It is with a heavy heart that we must make this decision,” Samuels said. He continued, “We have had a good seven-and-a-half years, but we must realize that financially we are unable to keep the restaurant operating under the current economic climate. After a slow second-half of 2017, we were counting on a much bigger financial boost from this Carnival season to get us back on track. Unfortunately, we did not get that.”

The pizzeria does plan to re-open to sell king cakes during the 2019 Carnival season and intends to resume its long-standing partnership with Dong Phuong bakery to provide king cakes throughout Carnival. “We were the first to promote their king cakes and we are so proud of what we have accomplished in our partnership and of the recognition the bakery has achieved,” said Samuels. In January 2018, Dong Phuong Bakery was named a recipient of a James Beard Foundation America’s Classic Award in recognition of the restaurant’s contribution to the New Orleans East community.

Samuels thanked the pizzeria’s many dedicated customers and staff who have supported the restaurant throughout its tenure. “We have some loyal customers- some of whom order from us multiple times per week, and I am thankful for their dedication and support,” Samuels said.

Since its inception, the restaurant has amassed one of the largest social media following of any independent restaurant in the New Orleans area with over 3400 Twitter followers, 2100 Facebook fans and a large Instagram following. Pizza Nola’s annual Carnival Kickoff event has been featured live on several local television stations and media outlets and is now considered as one of the city’s major annual Twelfth Night events. The restaurant’s annual Sharknado parties and events have received wide media attention including a blurb in USA Today. The restaurant has been included in several “Best of” New Orleans pizza lists and has been nominated twice for Best Business Twitter account from Gambit Weekly. The restaurant has contributed to the Carnival lexicon with its creation and promotion of the #KreweOfChad hashtag and last fall developed and promoted the #WithLoveFromNola hashtag in coordination with other area restaurants to assist hospitality workers affected by the Houston and Southeast Texas flooding.

Following Pizza Nola’s closing, another restaurant (to be determined) will occupy Pizza Nola’s current location at 141 West Harrison. Parties interested in sub-leasing or purchasing should contact Mr. Samuels.

For more information, call Pizza Nola at 504-872-0731, visit, and follow @PizzaNola on Twitter and Instagram.