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Buona Vita Pizzeria Closing Its Doors in Dayton

Over the past eight years it has become a landmark in Dayton, but next Monday, Buona Vita Pizzera will close its location on Sixth Avenue.

Owners Joseph and Matthew Frommeyer announced the closure on the restaurant's Facebook page Monday night.

"Over those past eight years we started a business on a dream and a lot of faith. It was your support and belief in our product that allowed us to expand our business over the years," the Frommeyers said in the statement. "We learned a lot over those years about the restaurant business, but most importantly we made a lot of friends through loyal customers. We would like to thank you for supporting two brothers who at times had no idea what we were doing. We cannot express the amount of gratitude for the memories and support over the years.

"It is with a heavy heart and more optimism we announce that Buona Vita Pizzeria in Dayton, Ky. is effectively closing its doors to the public on Monday, November 28."

The space will be used by the Frommeyers to "pursue different opportunities", such as being a private event center and a catering commissary.

Buona Vita will be open to the public this week before closing next Monday.

"Again, we thank you for being a part of our journey supporting us in a small building down the street and continuing the support as we blossomed into a full blown restaurant in the old bank building," the Frommeyers wrote on Monday night. 

Buona Vita opened a new location in Crescent Springs earlier this year and it will remain open.

In 2013, the restaurant opened a location in downtown Covington that closed a year later. Buona Vita was also at the center of a lawsuit filed by the City of Dayton against its former mayor, Ken Rankle related to contract work done at the site.

The closure of the Dayton location comes at a time in which the city council is debating its strategy for the central business district. After a year of successes in luring new businesses to the historic commercial area, progress has stalled, some council members argued earlier this month. The main street director resigned her position and a proposal to eliminate the job from the city building was rejected by council who instead insisted that the job become more focused when filled again.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher

Image via Buona Vita Pizzeria's Facebook page