Yesterday, it was announced that Classic Slice's North Avenue location was closed permanently. The restaurant had become my chief hangout over the last year. It was a nice place to spend time. They had blazing fast Wi-Fi, courtesy of Open Pantry (which mysteriously continued even after it became a 7-11) and there was a blessed lack of the "special characters" that are otherwise ubiquitous on the East Side. Unfortunately, there seems to have been a lack of other customers also.
While I certainly hope it doesn't apply this time, in my experience, the closing of the branch restaurant too often presages the end of the original location. In such a capital-intensive business, I'd speculate that the losses were heavy unless they were bought out. So show some love to Classic Slice in Bay View if you want to see them carry on...and carry out.
Pizza lovers across Milwaukee are lamenting: Why, God, WHY? <sniff> And indeed, while our sympathies go out to the owners and staff, there are tough questions that could be asked. While commenters on Facebook remarked on the supposedly bad location, I would state that the location was the holy grail-slash-orgasm of East Side restaurant real estate. You could literally park in front of the door and walk ten or fifteen paces into the restaurant. As far as I know, that's almost unheard of on the East Side. That's the kind of thing that should be marketed, perhaps more so than pizza with locally sourced filigree fennel or whateverthefuck.