Cooked: HomeMade Pizza in Ridgewood Closes

Store on E. Ridgewood Ave. featured a business model that required customers to cook pre-made pizzas at home.

It seems with all the pizza options in Ridgewood, residents weren't keen on having to cook their pies at home.

With an empty store featuring little more than a ladder and a discarded whiteboard menu, is done in Ridgewood.

The small midwest-based chain opened in winter of 2011 at 134 E. Ridgewood Ave., selling ready-to-bake artisan pizzas customers had to bake at home, along with salads and select baked goods.

The chain also closed its Westfield, NJ location. HomeMade Pizza representatives did not immediately return requests for comment.

Melvin Freedenberg June 01, 2012 at 12:08 AM
I never knew it was part of a chain. Now, I don't feel so bad. There are many restaurants in the village that have put their heart and soul into trying to make a buck in this lousy economy. I still miss Joel's. When people's lives come crashing down because of bad luck or bad timing, there isn't much one can do. I feel better that a local citizen didn't put his last dollar into that pizza venture. Most people are bleeding cash and I know how it feels. Go easy on them. They are people with feelings, too.
Craig Hueneke June 01, 2012 at 12:11 AM
True.. But it's easier to get parking at Kings or "Slop&Shop" than on Ridgewood Ave
paul smith June 01, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Well, as the midwest is the authority on pizzas, I cant understand why it failed? I do fail bad for the people involved in this franchise but the idea is kind of out of the norm for this area- you want artsan pizza, pizza fusion is around the block, and they cook it.
Dot June 01, 2012 at 02:42 AM
We miss Joels also!! It's sad that everyone misses Chef Joel's Malibu Kitchen. We particular miss his special recipes. As for pizza.....we try next to Kings in Ridgewood La Bella Pizza. They make a great pie, and every Monday and Wednesday pizza for $10! Guess what??? The pizza is cooked, has an amazing crust, sauce, and other great seasonings. You can add your own toppings if you like. They also have other great prepared and amazing sandwiches. Go say hello to Kenny, he is a freindly guy! We support La Bella Pizza. We wish the best for Ridgewood. We try and support the local businesses!!!! We still have a lot to offer in Ridgewood!!!
Nancy Garretson June 08, 2012 at 11:26 PM
I loved the pizza. I.m sad it's gone. Really enjoyed going home and having hot pizza for a change.


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