Angelo's Pizza Parlor closing doors Saturday
REDDING, Calif. - To many, Angelo's Pizza has been a staple of the Redding community for 42 years.
Since 1945, it has operated as an old-fashioned pizza parlor with arcade games, a mechanic children's horse and family-friendly atmosphere.
The establishment announced Wednesday via social media that they will be permanently closing on Saturday.
One couple enjoying dinner together Wednesday said Angelo's was the place they used to go out on dates.
Dennis Bates celebrated his wife's birthday with family Wednesday night, saying he would miss Angelo's greatly.
"It's just one of those spots that you hate to see closed when it's been here so long," Bates said.
Owner, Lisa White, said she made the tough decision to close after too many incidents with the homeless and transient population around the shop.
She said her customers often expressed feeling unsafe and were increasingly less willing to get their pizza from Angelo's.
"I take a lot of pride in what I do," White said, fighting back tears. "It's really sad, but it's all, honestly, for the safety of my employees and my customers at this point."
She added that downtown Redding needs some serious help in restoring its safety.
Angelo's will remain open until Saturday around 9 p.m.