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Ocean Beach's Newport Pizza To Shutter On February 9 With Goal To Reopen By This Summer

February 1, 2020

After more than 35 years serving East Coast pizza and craft beer in Ocean Beach, Newport Pizza & Ale House will shutter on February 9 with the goal to relocate across the street.

Owner Mike Tajran opened Newport Pizza in the heart of San Diego's Ocean Beach in 1984, offering a selection of NY-style pizza with cheeky names like Chuck Norris (cheese) and David Hasselhoff (white pie). The following year, he obtained a beer and wine license and began what became a craft beer obsession, securing hard to find micro-brews for patrons to enjoy. In June 2016 after 8 years of development, Tajran took his beer passion to the next level with the unveiling of OB Brewery across the street from his flagship pizzeria.

Due to issues renewing the lease at 5050 Newport Avenue, Newport Pizza & Ale House will be forced to close up shop after end of business on Sunday, February 9. Ownership has been actively seeking a new home and is in the process of arranging to take over the space currently occupied by Jungle Java at 5047 Newport Avenue, almost directly across the street from the original location. If the deal goes through, Newport Pizza will renovate the open air unit to have a beer garden vibe and have a section devoted to Jungle Java to allow the business to continue to operate. Newport Pizza aims to reopen by the end of summer.

For more information about Newport Pizza & Ale House, visit obpizza.com.