Aurora’s Luigi’s Pizza and Fun Center Shutting Its Doors For Good
Sad news today for folks who grew up in Aurora. A staple of gatherings and kids’ birthday parties for nearly fifty years, Luigi’s Pizza and Fun Center is closing permanently.
June 26th will be the last day, so if you have gift cards to use, now’s the time to use them.
I didn’t grow up in the area. My first Luigi’s experience was under tragic circumstances. You remember the mass shooting at the Henry Pratt building in February of 2019. It happened very near to Luigi’s. Bob Poss and his crew shut down his business that day and the restaurant became a headquarters of sorts for the emergency response. Later on, The River broadcasted 13 hours from Luigi’s to raise money for the victims, but to also thank Luigi’s for being so community focused. It was a day I’ll never forget.
We got to have some fun in December of that year when they signed up to advertise and we had a little fun showcasing the make-your-own pizza kits during the holidays of 2019.
During the pandemic, we utilized those take home pizza kits, which were a huge hit!
Luigi’s has been serving Aurora since 1953. If you grew up in the City of Lights, you likely spent a lot of time there as a kid.
It’s sad to see any local business leave, especially one with such longevity and history, but the story of Luigi’s is really a success story, not one of failure. Many local businesses do not last as long as they have. Thanks to Bob Poss and his staff for running such a fun and community-oriented place. Aurora is a lesser place without Luigi’s!
Please support the local businesses you love, so we can avoid as many of these as we can in the future.