Sad news for Seward Park pizza aficionados. Flying Squirrel Pizza Company — the popular Seattle chainlet featuring New York-style slices — served its final pie last Friday at its original location after 11 years in business. An official announcement was posted on Facebook, explaining simply that the lease was up and would not be renewed. The mini chain’s outposts in Georgetown and Maple Leaf remain open with regular hours.
Flying Squirrel has been one of the more celebrated independent pizzerias in the city since coming onto the scene in 2008, drawing crowds for the pies loaded with special toppings, such as pulled pork with cotija cheese, or the occasional limited-time offerings, such as mole salami. All the music played at the various locations comes from mixtapes brought in by customers, and each restaurant is family-friendly.
The pizzeria slowly tried to expand over the past decade, opening the aforementioned spots in Maple Leaf and Georgetown, along with a Ballard outpost in a partnership with Sunset Tavern (which has since closed). The owners also opened the restaurant Raconteur in Seward Park a few years ago as well — yet now appear to be scaling back. Eater Seattle reached out to Flying Squirrel for further info, but did not hear back before this piece was published.