Za's Italian Cafe closes both of its locations

Za's Italian Cafe closes both of its locations

CHAMPAIGN — Fast-Italian restaurant Za’s has announced the closing of its two locations after 13 years in business.

Za’s Italian Cafe, which has restaurants on North Neil Street and West Springfield Avenue, sold pizza, pasta, salad and sandwiches, along with coffee and tea.

Mia Za's, a restaurant with a similar theme and menu at 629 E. Green St. in Campustown, has no plans to close. It has different owners.

“We are thankful to our customers and the community for the support we’ve received over the last 13 years. We’ve made many new friends and have had wonderful experiences serving our amazing community,” Za's Italian Cafe wrote on Facebook.

It also thanked its employees: “A special thank you to our employees for all of their hard work and sacrifice over the years. You are like family to us and we wish you all the best in the future.”

Za’s management declined to comment on why it closed.

It’s been a tough few months for the fast casual pizza industry. Brixx Pizza closed in the Carriage Center in December, and Azzip Pizza closed in Campustown in October.

It hasn’t been all bad news, though. Pie’s the Limit opened last June at the Village at the Crossing, and LeBron James-backed pizza joint Blaze is under construction on the north side of Champaign.

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GLG wrote on January 03, 2018 at 5:01 pm

They should have never changed it from Grandy's.

Good luck to Peter and his crew.

aantulov wrote on January 03, 2018 at 8:01 pm

I always enjoyed the staff, upscale decor, and food.  Its too bad the cities don't give some help to those small local businesses up against the chains.

Reykjavik wrote on January 06, 2018 at 8:01 pm

Two great pizza joints - Pizza M and Pizza Antica - are not chains.  They offer high end pizzas with extraordinary decor.  

Still sorry to see Za's depart.  Hopefully they made good money during their good days.

jdmac44 wrote on January 04, 2018 at 12:01 pm

I agree!  So much better than KFC!  I really loved their rolls.  Must not have been doing that spectacular of business though for him to make the change.