West side residents have lost an iconic family dining spot.
After 62 years, The Original Josie’s Pizza has closed its doors. According to posts on social media, the last day of operation for the pizza shop was Tuesday, January 19th. The owner of Josie’s decided to retire, closing up the shop at 952 W Broad Street in Franklinton permanently.
Josie’s opened back in 1959 and was a staple for anyone who grew up on the west side of Columbus. From their pizza card deals for free pizza to their friendly customer service, fans of the pizza joint kept coming back for more, even when they moved out of the neighborhood.
The business was a family-owned and operated venture for all of its 62 years. Known for their Old Fashioned pepperoni pies and their incredible sauce, Josie’s was a regular gathering spot for families and friends on weekends.
A Facebook group quickly popped up, rallying fans of the pizza joint together in an attempt to grab one last pie and holding out hope that the owners will open somewhere else in Franklinton. There hasn’t been any official announcement made by Josie’s owners, but a few calls to the number were unanswered before a man answered and stated they were closed but that he couldn’t comment on the permanent closure because he was just there cleaning.
We’ll update this story once we have more details on the closure. In the meantime, we’ll just be over here wishing we could order one more pizza from this iconic place.