Alas, Mrs. Dr. Phil never let me have enough. And for us, their latest location in Cascade is way on the other side of the city from us.
As Joe Chicago's Pizza by Rivertown Crossings Mall, I found out about them maybe 2½ years after they opened. All those pizzas we could have had! And not too hard to get to from the M-6 or I-196 on my way home from work. Then one day they were closed. And that was that.
But a fan of Joe Chicago's bought the place and Chicago stuffed pizza was back on our menu -- along with their marvelous sauce.
Alas again, they closed. Until I read a bit in the weekly Advance local paper that Chicago 7 had opened in Grandville on 28th Street. Turns out it was the same people. Alas again² they closed, not surprising considering the business climate on the west end of 28th. Hell, even Studio 28 couldn't stay open there.
But I guess it was last year during The Year Without Summer, that we checked their website and found Chicago 7 had moved to the east end of 28th in Cascade. Seemed promising, though the actual little shopping center they were in wasn't very busy looking. Anyway, I did get my Chicago 7 stuffed pizza for my birthday in hospital.
Our last Chicago deep dish pizza the other week was from Crust 54 in Holland, a lot easier for us and pretty decent stuff. But I so had a plan to nab a Chicago 7 pizza on the way to Detcon 1 next month, solving some of our dinner issues.
This has been the pizza joint that would not die. Opened and closed four times in three locations, one can only hope that they'll try again.
Chicago 7 has a great product. But is it location? Real estate costs? Or can Grand Rapids just not support such a glorious food? Holland seems to, with Crust 54, but they're front and center in downtown Holland, just a third of a block from Butch's.
Pardon me while I shed a tear from this tragic Facebook announcement...