Boulder’s Boss Lady Pizza closes after a decade on the Hill

The last slices were hung on Saturday at Boss Lady Pizza’s University Hill restaurant as the pizzeria closed last week after nearly a decade in business.

“Truth hurts,” the company posted on its Facebook page late last week. “We are closing shop for the same reason as many other small businesses in Boulder – unsustainable increase in the cost of goods [and] Boulder’s exorbitant repairs and rents.

Boss Lady, whose representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday, was launched on the Hill in 2012 by 26-year-old Whitney Hart, who worked at a slice shop while attending college in the Wisconsin, according to the BLP website.

Part of the BLP’s mission is to provide opportunities for women in the pizza industry and, according to Hart’s message, the hope is to eventually become fully employee-owned.

According to Hart’s LinkedIn profile, “After nearly 15 years in the pizza industry, I’m transferring my talents and experience to franchise consulting with” the Burger King brand of fast-food juggernaut Restaurant Brands International.

BLP’s top location, which opened last year in the Rock Creek Village mall, remains open.

“A longtime resident of Superior, she and his wife moved to Carbondale for two years, but Whitney always kept an eye on her old neighborhood for an opportunity to return,” according to the Superior Chamber of Commerce. “Boss Lady Pizza Superior was born on February 18, 2021 when the location in Rock Creek Village became available. She seized the opportunity to open a partner restaurant in her favorite city.

BLP is one of many University Hill restaurants to close in recent months.

Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen, a popular restaurant with locations in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood and Aurora’s Stanley Market, closed its Boulder outpost last month after only about a year in business.

Joshua Pollack, owner of parent company Rosenberg Bridge & Tunnel Restaurant Group and a University of Colorado graduate, took city leaders to task during a Boulder City Council public comment session last month for what he sees as deteriorating conditions on the hill.

“I had high hopes that the Hill would be a place where everyone in the community could come, not just students,” he said. But “wanderer[s]and “crime” make the neighborhood “an unattractive place for people to go.”

The cost of doing business in Boulder was also a concern.

Pollack told the Denver Business Journal in June that the Boulder store cost $1.8 million to build, nearly four times the cost of the original Five Points store in 2013.

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