Months after initiating talks to sell their building at 78 W. River Road and hours after the buyers signed the paperwork, the owners of Stray Dogs announced just after their lunch rush Tuesday that they were closing within hours.
“It’s definitely bittersweet,” said Firth, the managing partner of Hacienda del Sol and a co-owner of Zona 78 on East Tanque Verde Road. “The business has been great. It’s just a lifestyle decision.”
Firth and his partners have owned the building on West River Road since 2003, when they opened the wood-fired pizzeria Zona 78. And for the past year or more, the folks who finally bought the building had been courting the Stray Dogs team to sell, something they had resisted, Firth said, until late last fall.