Okay, I'm not saying that the place is dead for sure, but, once again, things are looking bad for Pizzeria Mundo at 1312 17th Street. I got a tip from yet another neighborhood cruiser that the space -- which has been absolutely fucked by a web of construction scaffolding that completely blocks it from view (the picture here is from happier times), not to mention jerked around more than a little by the property owners -- was looking awfully dim yesterday.
Because I got the message while out and about, I immediately called information to try and get a number for Mundo, but the operator told me that there was no number listed. Then, as soon as I got in front of a computer, I found the last operating number for the joint, called it, and got the dreaded, "The number you are calling is no longer in service..." message.
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None of that is good news for a place that's struggled so long and worked so hard to make a name for itself in this town. The only hope I'm holding out is that Mundo, for a variety of reasons, has already gone dark twice before and still come back. Here's hoping owner Patrick Pool and his crew can pull off the same trick a third time.