Late Nite Pie Burns Down Overnight

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Photos by Andrew Shrewsbury
Firefighters battled the flames at Late Night Pie for nearly three hours.
A fire that started 45 minutes after Late Night Pie closed last night at 3 a.m. burned the pizza joint nearly to the ground. ABC-13 reported that the restaurant had suffered major damage as a result of the fire, which the Houston Fire Department battled for three hours.

Public reaction to the news was mixed, with most people remembering all of the bad pizzas and bizarre service they'd received at the late-night spot.

"The only memories I'll have of Late Night Pie are bad pizza and the help drinking liquor from the bottle, behind the bar," wrote Houston Press photographer Groovehouse on Twitter. "Rest in ashes LNP."

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"Craziest place I ever worked," wrote Pi Pizza Truck owner Anthony Calleo, also on Twitter. "140 characters isn't the medium for that tale of sleep deprivation, debauchery and existential fear and trembling."

Our sister blog, Rocks Off, had more positive tales to tell of the place, which was beloved for its "musician-friendly hours" and cheap beer, as well as being one of the few places around town to get non-fast-food after a show.

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Two ladder trucks were needed to fight the fire.
The fire marks the third restaurant to burn down in Midtown in the last few years, although it's the only one with no reports of injuries: Brennan's burned down in 2008, a victim of a fire started during Hurricane Ike, while Mai's burned down in 2010 after a grease fire claimed the restaurant. Both restaurants eventually reopened.

It is unknown at this time whether or not Late Night Pie has plans to reopen or what caused the fire, although HFD arson investigators were on the scene this morning.



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Privatdetektiv
Privatdetektiv

That's a bad news, but i must say you have done a great job

Silentsorrowentity
Silentsorrowentity

I bartended there for a bit, and I agree with the majority. There was more professionalism at day labor spot.

Mooniecat
Mooniecat

Was just there last Friday with my sister who once worked there (before her accident and its move to present doomed local). I got a pic of a drawing in the bathroom stall ( a cat with the name Red by it and an added by someone else "Meow!"). I should have gotten pics of the other stuff in the entrance area.

Dustin Kalman
Dustin Kalman

My favorite time was at the old location when they gave my pizza to some other table. They had already eaten, took the pizza anyways and got it to go. Thanks, I was starving. 

NSPORV
NSPORV

Late Nite Pie, where their slogan was "Call us to place an order and we'll make the pies... if we feel like it." Happened to me about 3 times - ordered freaking pizzas, went to pick them up only to find out that they were never made. Karma.

Nunya
Nunya

I ate there once, the pizza made me sick

Suz
Suz

It's sad that all everyone has to say about this fire is that the restaurant sucked. I personally liked it.  But the state of the business aside, this is a sad event.  Being a victim of arson recently and losing my home, I would think people would have more sympathy.

HAHA
HAHA

pretty funny...there's a Pink's pizza ad over on the right hand side of this story :)

de
de

daddy wanted some late nite pie...

MONSTER
MONSTER

01fuck you softass faggits.late nite pie had great pizza and even better bud.hope yall reopen soon.who else delivers pizza at 2 in the morning?negative people [faggits],make negative comments.keep that shit to yourslef.

Tim
Tim

I haven't eaten from there in years, but I had many good to great pizzas and also some pretty crappy pizzas.  Always felt bad about all of the horror stories I've heard from everybody else...

I will never forget the time I had to go to the ER after I got an anchovy bone stuck in my throat while eating a Stanky Whore.  They never got it out and it just dissolved away.  That's no comment good or bad about the place, just an associated indelible memory.

Corey
Corey

I've gotten better pizza from the frozen food section at milfy river oaks krogers.

Paul Beebe
Paul Beebe

Insurance fire maybe? that place was good at the old location but definitely went downhill in the last few years. Placed an order for pickup, they said it would be 45 min. Showed up 45 min later and they said it was just about to go in the oven and would be about 45min. There was only one other person in the joint. Weird.

bama
bama

jewish lightning

Tangyjoe
Tangyjoe

They thought I didn't see them drop my pizza on the floor (not a boxed up pizza, the actual pizza) and tried to give it to me anyway.  Then got all pissy when I wouldn't take it.  Never went back.

anon
anon

I'm glad that nobody was hurt, especially those firefighters who put their lives on the line for us every day.

heights-n-montrose
heights-n-montrose

the pizza was awful and the service was worse. only went there once and chuckled all the way back to my car about the top down ineptitude of the place. someone at least knew how to build a fire.

Simonbones
Simonbones

Man I loved that place. It was so bizarre and the pizza was awesome. No more Bossmans :(

strom
strom

I only got to eat it once :(

Padams
Padams

Two words: Insurance Fraud. That place has been going downhill for a long time.

KING
KING

The story aside, that first photograph of at the top is amazing. Great shot.

LoWest
LoWest

Two words: Stanky Arson

SJ
SJ

This ranks up there with the Muffin Man in the category of Bizarre Montrose Places.

The hell?
The hell?

"Faggits" in Montrose? No way!

pbd007
pbd007

Did you mean indelible or inedible

Tim
Tim

 I meant indelible.  The pizza, sans that one prickly bone, was very good and quite edible.

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