Baba Louie's pizzeria group, then there were two.
Paul Masiero has been operating three restaurants in two states for five years, but is cutting back by closing his Pittsfield, MA, operation at 34 Depot Street. The final day of service will be next Wednesday.
Masiero will continue operating the Baba Louie's locations at 517 Warren Street in Hudson, Columbia County, and at 286 Main Street in Great Barrington, MA.
Baba Louie's offers complete lunch and dinner menus, but is perhaps best known for its sourdough-crust pizzas cooked in wood-fired ovens. Masiero opened the Pittsfield location in 2010. The four-employee Depot Street bakery Masiero maintains to make pizza crusts and bread for all locations will remain open after the Pittsfield restaurant is closed.
Masiero insists the Pittsfield restaurant has been financially sound. He also noted that his Hudson and Great Barrington venues, which redate the Pittsfield location, are strong. The closure decision, he told the Berkshire Eagle, was family oriented.
"My wife [Eileen] and I just want to have a better life. We have three little kids and our quality of life is really important to us, and having our family is really important to us. Having three restaurants and trying to run all three has just become a little too much. I have two years left with my daughter before she goes to [college]. I just want to see my kids, and watch them grow."
The owner of the Pittsfield building is seeking a new restaurant tenant.