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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Luke's Craft Pizza announces it's closing on May 18 after three successful years

Slice-sized tears

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Apr 23, 2019 at 4:46 PM

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Pizza whiz Luke Davis has been running his craft pie to-go-only spot off the Crosstown for almost three years. With the help of his wife, Brittany, and their "pizza baby," Luke has seemingly done the impossible — stay in business by only selling 50 pizzas a night, Thurs.-Sun. from 4 to 9 p.m. 

This afternoon, the Davises announced on Instagram that, "in a few short weeks May 18th will also signify our last day of business. We'll be closing the doors, and moving onto the next chapter in our lives."

We love the weekly specials at Luke's, the day-old bread dipped in a trio of sauces, the video of the couple's sweet baby stomping around the 450-square foot Ashley Ave. space on the weekends. In the post they note that no, it is not "slow sales, staffing shortage, or rising operating costs" that are forcing them to close. "This is simply due to family," they write. "Our schedule just doesn't allow us enough time together, so we're making a change."

In 2016, food critic Suzanne Cohen wrote of the takeout spot, "When the biggest problem with a restaurant is that you can't decide which dish is your favorite you know you've found a gem. When a table full of harsh critics (yes, they were my family in case you were wondering) can't decide, it's a revelation. Luke's has raised the bar of downtown takeout pizza so significantly that it's going to be very difficult for similar places to keep up."

For our summer 2019 Dish dining guide, we chatted with Luke and three other pizza makers about how pizza nostalgia shapes the way they sling their pies. Davis explained "the right balance and ratio of sauce/cheese/toppings — less is more — and everything on the pizza complementing each other; no ingredient overshadowing another."

We hope we see Davis and his less is deliciously more approach in another Charleston concept one day. For now, be sure to grab one of those last weekly specials, and say thanks to the Davis fam.

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Saturday May 18th will mark three years since our little pizza shop opened. It’s been an incredible run, and we are forever grateful for this experience. That’s why it’s truly bittersweet for us to say that in a few short weeks May 18th will also signify our last day of business. We’ll be closing the doors, and moving onto the next chapter in our lives. We want to be completely transparent: this isn’t due to slow sales, staffing shortage, or rising operating costs—we’ve been very fortunate in that regard, and the unwavering amount of love and support from our family, friends, customers, critics, etc has been more than we could have dreamed of. This is simply due to family. Our schedule just doesn’t allow us enough time together, so we’re making a change ❤️ So, come on by the shop one last time to get a pizza and say goodbye. We don’t exactly know what’s next, but we’re excited for new opportunities. We hope—we know—it won’t be the last you’ll see of Luke’s pizza 😉🍕✌🏻

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Location Details Luke's Craft Pizza
Luke's Craft Pizza
271 Ashley Avenue
Downtown
Charleston, SC
Dinner (Thurs.-Sun.)
Pizza

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