Mark Langley, the owner of Cliftons Pizza Co., announced the restaurant’s closure. | Courtesy of Cliftons Pizza Facebook

A landmark Louisville restaurant has shut its doors.

Cliftons Pizza Co. owner Mark Langley announced on Facebook Wednesday afternoon that the pizzeria, which also served pasta and sandwiches, has closed.

Langley did not go into detail as to why, after more than 28 years, he decided to abruptly shutter Cliftons Pizza Co. He simply stated that it is “time for me to take a step back and take care of my personal life.”

He also noted that the closure was effective immediately. Langley could not immediately be reached for further comment.

On Facebook, Langley wrote, “After 28 1/2 years, it is with mixed feelings that I have decided to close Cliftons Pizza.

“A big thanks goes out to all the past and present employees and musicians who have worked here. Obviously, we could not have succeeded this long without all of your hard work and dedication. Another huge thank you goes out to the hundreds of guests we have considered ‘regulars’ over the years. You all know who you are.”

The post on Facebook notes that Langley plans to post “some sort of news release” to social media to provide details about a merchandise sale. He also plans to create a system to buy back unused gift certificates purchased in the last 12 months, it states.

Multiple people on Facebook expressed their sadness at reading the news, and a number remarked that they’d just eaten at Cliftons Pizza Co. in the past week.

Langley opened Cliftons Pizza Co. at 2230 Frankfort Ave. on his 22nd birthday, running the restaurant with business partner Jason Brauner for several years until he bought Brauner, now-owner of Bourbon’s Bistro, out. The pizzeria touts itself as “the oldest continuously operating full-service restaurant on Frankfort Avenue’s restaurant row.”

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Caitlin Bowling
Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]