Iconic U of M pizza joint, Campus Pizza, closes its doors

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A mainstay of hungry University of Minnesota students has closed its doors.

Campus Pizza & Pasta, which has been in operation for 55 years in the Stadium Village neighborhood at the U of M campus, shut down for good at the close of business Friday, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reports.

The restaurant's owners posted a message on Facebook early Saturday morning which read: "All things must come to an end. Thanks for the memories!"

Jim Rosvold, a member of the family who has owned the Minneapolis restaurant for the past 25 years, told the Business Journal that business declined during the construction period for the Green Line light rail line through campus.

The Green Line trains began running in June, about the same time Campus Pizza filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to the Business Journal.

Earlier this month, the bankruptcy court allowed the landlord to begin eviction proceedings against Campus Pizza, the Business Journal notes. The publication did not immediately reach attorneys for either party for comment.

There was no mention of business troubles from Campus Pizza on Facebook, Twitter or a thank-you letter they emailed to their regular customers.

"We just wanted to ... thank all of our great customers for making the last 25 years (and some even longer) so special to our staff and to our family. We will miss your smiling faces but the memories and it has been an honor to serve the University of Minnesota community."

The Rosvolds are also asking customers to share their favorite "Campus Pizza story" on their Facebook page.

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