Via Politico:A couple of days ago, a pizzeria in the Mojave Desert announced it would be closing its doors on March 20th, citing the rising threat of climate change.
Pizza lovers were quick to point out that a desert outpost of the iconic chain is now the latest to open in California and other parts of the country.
The Desert Pizza, located at 1221 East Mountain Highway, said it was closing because it could no longer cope with the “unprecedented” climate change and would shutter in a matter of months if it did not make a financial deal with the Mojavian government.
The pizza chain’s owner, Andrew Wootton, told KPCC that he would “never ever” sell the business.
“I have to do what is right for my business and what is in the best interest of the company,” he said.
A sign on the front of the restaurant reads: “We are shutting our doors due to the rising risk of climate impacts.”
The Desert pizza chain has opened in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado in recent years.
The chain currently has more than 200 locations across the country, including in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Nevada-Las Vegas, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah.
In its original plan, Wootston’s company had been planning to open two new pizza restaurants in Arizona and New Mexico in 2020.
He said the state has become an especially difficult place to do business.
The Mojave is experiencing its hottest summers on record, which have already seen temperatures soar to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.
Wootton said he would like to open a new restaurant in Arizona by 2020, but that would be unlikely given the threat of a potential heat wave there.
As a result, he has started planning for the future.
“I am thinking of opening a new location in the future and building a brand new facility in New Mexico, where we would have a huge patio and all of the equipment to make a real, large-scale pizza restaurant,” he told KPTV.
“I have a great idea.”
Wootston told KPLC that he and his partners are looking to expand the business in the state.
He also said he is working on plans for a restaurant in the United Kingdom, but said he has not made any plans to open there.