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BJ Willy's closed in Central Village

Closing due to ownership changes


Photo Credit: TIDINGS FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Citing ownership changes, BJ Willy's in Central Village shut its doors Monday. It is unknown if the restaurant will re-open at a later date, but the BJ Willy's in the Willamette area will remain open. The BJ Willy’s restaurant in Central Village has closed its doors until further notice, effective since Feb. 2.

The closing was primarily due to ownership changes, according to BJ Willy’s Marketing Director Dana Brown. A second West Linn BJ Willy’s, in the Willamette area, will remain open according to Brown.

“Right now there are some ownership changes, and the primary owner is not sure if (the Central Village location) is staying closed permanently,” Brown said. “But it looks like it is.”

BJ Willy’s, known for its wood-fired pizza, first opened its Central Village location back in 2010, shortly after its twin — BJ Willy’s Pub House and Eatery — opened in the Willamette area in 2009.

“This totally surprises me,” City Council President Thomas Frank said. “I was in there last week, and they had a wait at the door. We always enjoyed going down there for their fire-roasted pizza.”

The restaurant also held a distinct status within the West Linn business community, Frank said.

“Interestingly enough, it’s the only business in West Linn that had two locations,” Frank said. “They’re a very unique business.

“I'm surprised. Absolutely, they were one of the focal points for Central Village.”

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