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The past two years have been very difficult for small businesses and restaurants, with the pandemic making business hard to find. Thankfully, things seems to be on the upswing lately, and I even see new small businesses and restaurants opening around Michigan, which is quite a change from the past few years. However, some establishments didn’t make it.

Now, a beloved Michigan pizza place is closing for good. It’s a restaurant that’s been in business for more than three decades but was closed for more than a year due to the pandemic.

PizzaPapalis won’t reopen its Detroit Greektown location. Moreover, what’s left of the restaurant will be sold in an online auction starting Monday (Feb. 21), according to a report in the Detroit Free Press quoting Joe Sheena, who co-owns the chain with his brother Mark. The restaurant has been on Monroe Street in Detroit’s Greektown since 1986, according to the Free Press. The good news is that all five of PizzaPapalis’ other metro Detroit locations, plus their spots in Toledo, Ohio, will stay open, so if you’re missing the Greektown location, you don’t have to go far for your fix.

“We continued to keep the lights on but at this point, it’s an untenable situation for us,” Sheena told the Free Press. “We’ve decided to focus our attention on our five other locations, which are busy.” He added that PizzaPapalis’ other locations are easier to manage, because they aren’t as large, which is why they’re able to keep those locations open.

Information on the online auction is available via prabid.com. According to the listing, the auction will happen from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and run through 7 p.m. Tuesday. Pickup of items will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Items include beer towers, a 50″ cocktail station, rotating tray ovens, pizza prep tables, bar coolers, ice machines and more.

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Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!