So Long To Mountain Mike's Pizza in Lafayette

High rent has melted the cheese for the final time.

Mountain Mike's Pizza has closed its doors for the final time. Open since 2008, high rents and the closure of neighboring Chase Bank, with the subsequent changes to the lease arrangements, have signaled the end of the pizza parlor.

The business sponsored youth groups and sports teams, and owner Ben Mahoney said he will miss his many regular customers.

Did you try a pie from Mountain Mike's? Will you miss it?

LamorindaMan February 28, 2013 at 02:47 PM
It was good and we loved the game room.
CB February 28, 2013 at 02:57 PM
That's why the beloved Freddie's closed too. I wonder why the landlord keeps raising the dough?
Informed Citizen February 28, 2013 at 03:36 PM
That's Citibank, Lance, that moved out next door. Chase is off First St.
Linden Frank February 28, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Good? Worse pizza I ever had. One of the frustrating things when I was out in California was NO GOOD PIZZA PLACES.
Eastofthehills February 28, 2013 at 04:41 PM
The reason they are shutting down is probably because Paxti's pounded them into the ground on pizza. Paxti's is a block away and cost wise was only slightly more than Mountain Mikes.
Cheryl Tibbals February 28, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Too bad! My family will miss Mt. Mike's!
Kim Burrowes February 28, 2013 at 05:16 PM
I miss Freddie's :(
Mark Roberts February 28, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Let's see how long it takes for the landlord to find a new tenant. Some -- not all -- commercial property owners in Lamorinda think they have a golden goose that will just keep producing cash for them with little or no effort on their part. A few do little or nothing to make their "goose" more attractive to prospective tenants. Making a new restaurant successful in this fragile economy is no easy task, even in an affluent area like Lamorinda. I'm sorry Mountain Mike's lost their battle. They were much better at giving back to the community than many other businesses. It will be interesting to see what new business opens in their former space -- and when.
Carson February 28, 2013 at 06:38 PM
I`m with the "I miss Freddies" group. Still havent found its equivalent. I`m sorry to say, I`d not feed Mt Mikes pizza to my dogs it was that bad. I`d even prefer Dominos or frozen pizza before Mt Mikes.
LamorindaMan February 28, 2013 at 07:12 PM
It's not the greatest retail location. Although it was nice to discover that you can access its parking lot from Happy Valley Rd via the alley that runs behind Wells Fargo. Perhaps it will become office space?
JB February 28, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Lafayette's downtown is not exactly booming with economic activity. There are quite a lot empty storefronts. Just don't understand how in such environments commercial rent can go up? Is there demand?
Michael Gilson February 28, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Two comments: on the issue of retail in Lafayette and "downtown not exactly booming" the facts don't support this claim - sales tax revenue was up more than 6 pct in 2012 versus 2011. As regards to giving back to the community - both Patxi's and Mangia have a great record of supporting the community, just last Monday Patxi's donated 10pct of revenue to Town Hall Theatre and on March 27th will do the same for the Library.
Informed Citizen February 28, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Mike, Patxi's can afford to occasionally give away 10% of the nightly take because you can't get a pizza night for 4 there for much under $100! The market is never wrong, however. They do make a very good pizza. Mt. Mike's? Meh.
CDMC March 01, 2013 at 12:21 AM
For those who miss Freddies (Including those of us that still drive by Pizza Antica and think of when Freddies was there), there are a couple of good substitutes. First, DiVino's in Pleasant Hill makes a thin crust that comes very close. Second, Amici's East Coast Pizzeria does a good job. Patxis does a nice job with their Chicago style pizza's, but their thin crust leaves a bit to be desired.
David Smith March 01, 2013 at 06:26 AM
No place beats Zachary's in Rockridge.
c5 March 01, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Divino's is excellent, at least for the bay area which isn't exactly a bastion of great pizza. We've been going there for many years now. Not convenient if you live west, but close by for us.
B Murphy March 26, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Mountain Mikes in Moraga at 504 Center Ave is open and does fundraisers at 20% back! Its a short drive up moraga blvd and their buffet is one of if not the best in the Lamorinda area. I love mountain mikes and dont mind driving an extra 5 min to get it.


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