Lorraine Fraley, a patron of Fred’s Pizza in Wheelersburg, couldn’t believe it when she saw the sayonara sign on the door of the Wheelersburg, Ohio lunch time landmark. Fred’s Pizza closed and thanked their customers for 44 years of support.
“It’s really a shame because we don’t have many good restaurants in town,” she said. “I loved Fred’s.”
Fred and Dot Adkins opened the Wheelersburg Fred’s Pizza back in 1971. The Fred’s in Portsmouth and Waverly, operated by the couple’s children, were to stay open.
Now, owners told 13 News the doors, which closed today, will reopen tomorrow after a long talk with attorneys.
Still, the thought of losing one of Wheelersburg’s landmarks was a hard one to deal with for some.
Popular Portsmouth morning radio show host Steve Hayes said the original Fred’s was the go to place for both in- and out-of-towners.
“I know folks who met there for their first date, ended up being married, probably went their for their last date and got divorced,” Hayes said. “And everything in between. They were great community partners.”
The reason for the original Fred’s Pizza’s closure, before reopening, did not seem to be the usual economic reason. The sign, which read, “Closed, and thank you for 44 years,” was not the only sign posted when the doors first closed.
A sign that went up, and came down, said the closing was due to divorce, and laid some blame.
Hayes says an earlier Fred’s Facebook page post went into more detail and had roughly 5000 likes and comments.
“We try not to get in too deep, but it was a personal situation, a family feud, that closed it down,” Hayes said before hearing the restaurant would remain open.
They will continue to bake Fred’s Pizza pies at the original location, comforting news to many after the devastating news this morning.