Another business leaves University Place!

Another business leaves UP!

Tonight the Lee family went to Massimo's for our weekly pizza.  The owner Rich met us at the door to explain that this was Massimo's last night to be open. Although business had improved recently, it wasn't enough to overcome too many poor months in the past.

Rich put his heart, soul, and finances into this business venture and he was my kind of manager, i.e. possessed a "hands on" management style. Also, I am priviledged to call Rich a friend.

I wish Rich and his former employees well in these uncertain financial times. Unviersity Place is also loser in this failed business venture because Massio's, aka Captain Nemo's, wil become another vacant building and an affirmation that UP is not a place to successfully conduct business.

It's too late for finger pointing but the failure of Massimo's should be of concern to our financially strapped city.








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Dan October 08, 2012 at 08:46 PM
This is very disappointing, for many reasons.
Brent Champaco October 08, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Ugh. Not good.
Jack October 09, 2012 at 12:40 AM
It's unfortunate that the sales tax revenue is leaving, but the food wasn't that good and the service sucked. We all saw this coming for quite some time.
teresa sodon October 09, 2012 at 01:05 AM
This is not necessarily a bad thing for University Place. This is an opportunity for, perhaps another restaurant, to thrive. There is not a lack of money in University Place. There is however, a strong voice. The voice says, that it wants better quality for the dollars that it spends. The one time my family ate there, we were greeted by the owner, in his sweatpants. The food was mediocre at best and was pricey for what it was. Several other restaurants both new and old are thriving. I believe that quality is the key. Delicious food will bring people back, not the biggest T.V. in Tacoma.
Michael Gruener October 09, 2012 at 01:06 AM
I agree with Jack... I think this is more of a reflection of the business than the city.
Dan October 09, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Well, that big TV did bring me back, quite a few times.
Debbie Johnson October 09, 2012 at 06:27 AM
I went there tonight to order the best pizza in the city, and the sign was gone. The lights were on, but no one was home. We will miss their pizza!
Tad Saine October 09, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I find the title of this article a bit misleading. It says 'another' business is leaving UP, but doesn't point to any 'other' businesses leaving, just the one discussed in the article. Bridgeport feels pretty active to me - in fact, we have a new buffet, Fred Meyer has been completely remodeled, and we even have new Town Center construction! That said, I never ate at Massimo. While I heard the food wasn't that good, for me the outside of that building is not warm or welcoming (it certainly never had a Mediterranean vibe). I think the outside of that building needs a serious face lift - either that, or we need to start over.
Cindy October 09, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Now maybe a decent restaurant will move in. I really wanted to patronize Massimo's, but the food was horrible, service was terrible, and the atmosphere, at least for the majority of the restaurant, could use some fine tuning too.
Christie Anderson October 09, 2012 at 07:26 PM
I am so sad to see this business leave. I found the atmosphere pleasant and the food delicious....especially the Penne Massimo, which was my favorite. I wish Rich and all directly involved best of luck, and that I will miss them. On a more positive note, we still have an overpriced, all you can eat chinese buffet!
Christie Anderson October 09, 2012 at 07:35 PM
"I think the outside of that building needs a serious face lift - either that, or we need to start over." I have always liked the architecture of that building, even when I first moved to UP in the late 70's; I find it charming and quite unique for the area. And as to the "new Town Center construction"....just what we need; more housing. NOT!
Robert Martin October 13, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Cindy, totally agree with your assessment. We tried Massimo's a couple times and found the food not to be worth the prices. The atmosphere was pretty good though.
Hunter George October 14, 2012 at 01:47 AM
I, too, loved the penne. But the service was very slow, and that building is just not inviting, despite the owner's attempt to improve the interior. The author's premise is way off base. This is a reflection of the business, not the city.
even66 October 15, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Not to beat a dead horse, but the food wasnt that great and it was expensive for what you got....
Howard and Barbara Lee October 16, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Great, maybe a business will move into the former Massimo's building like they did to Ruby Tuesday's. Oh, no one has moved into Ruby Tuesday's.! Howard
Tad Saine October 22, 2012 at 03:05 PM
We're getting a Harbor Greens store so it looks like another business is coming to University Place! According to the City's website, since January 2012, 181 new business licenses have been issued for University Place businesses. Yep, it really is a gloom and doom situation over here...
dan October 22, 2012 at 03:56 PM
U.P. is anti-business. When the city charges $6,500 just to APPLY to see if the city will allow you to do business here, then makes the signage impossible to see... why would anyone open a business here? Sadly, its the pulse all across the USA. Anti-business. No wonder this country is in trouble. Nearly 50% of the country is getting a gov't check.
Christie Anderson October 22, 2012 at 07:25 PM
"181 new business licenses have been issued for University Place businesses." How many of those are home based, on-line businesses?
Dr. Curt Oland October 23, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Dan the city isn't anti-business, just ask them they will tell you they are pro-business. :) I wouldn't have considered Massimos to be overpriced. Same as the Chinese buffet. Remember food prices are up 30% nationwide so the restaurant business is harder than ever. I'm sure the rent on the space had to be over the top.
dan October 23, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Well, the Hogan's didn't get rich giving rent away. About 16 years ago I looked at buying Capt Nemo's and they wanted $1million for it and that didn't include the ground. The Chinese Buffet, which I have frequented like all teriyaki joints and dry cleaners have an advantage on labor. I've been in the restaurant business, its a very very verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry tough business. U.P. is becoming like the set for I AM LEGEND II... Sad, for a core community, so much could be so easy, nice. Take Lefty's. They need a place to have people sit down in the winfer, at least to wait for their orders. Since no public bathroom, they are out of luck. Stupid rules, make for stupid outcomes. So, to be clear, its ok to stand out in the rain and get your order, but not indoors? Because you might have to pee? I don't get it. A cool business like Lefty's trying to make it in a burned out shopping center that has more drugs being sold in the parking lot than down on Hilltop and you won't let people get out of the weather? This isn't Carmel by the Sea, you can't make it doing all your business in 4 months a year. And I hear Shari's is going to become a bank? We need good restaurants, not more banks. Banking is done online anyway. Don't even get me started on that stupid duck vs. a flag controversy. We sure know how to build playgrounds, but we don't know how to run a city! That beautiful Library the feds built us is a great shell of emptiness, what a waste. This is a sad commentary.
Patricia Mannie, Patricia & Co. October 24, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I am so sorry to see Massimo's leave University Place. Whether you feel the outside decor needs a facelift or the service was bad - it is ALWAYS bad for a community like ours to loose another business. Wwe loose tax dollars, we loose jobs, we loose potential customers. We have lost Denny's; Shari's; Green Spot Tea House and Ruby Tuesday. SAD SAD!!


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