Earl “Red” Schoenheider opened his first Red's Savoy pizzeria on the east side of St. Paul in 1965.
But in the wake of Schoenheider's death, that original shop on 7th street is reportedly getting ready to close.
That's according to the Pioneer Press, which was told by a company spokesperson they were moving toward that decision anyway (because of expensive work the building needs), but that Schoenheider's death made it official.
Red's Savoy told GoMN in a message the shop's final day will be Sept. 16.
The restaurant will be open from 4-10 p.m. starting Sept. 5 through that last day "to share more memories with our incredible customers," Red's said.
Reed Daniels, marketing director with Red's Savoy and part owner of the Edina location, told GoMN there isn't a specific final event celebration planned, but they're "going to have a big party in general."
That includes bringing back pizza cooks and longtime faces of the restaurant.
Daniels also said the other Red's Savoys are "still strong and making the exact same pizza that Red did."
The Red's Savoy name has become "legendary throughout the Midwest," the pizza chain's website says, thanks to a "spicy secret-recipe sauce" and the "old-school atmosphere" of Schoenheider's restaurants.
There are currently 15 Red's Savoy Pizza locations throughout the Twin Cities.