It’s the beginning line of countless jokes: “A guy walks into a bar…”

But in this case, it’s no joke. A customer who had never been to Hugo’s Pizzeria before walked in by mistake while looking for a different restaurant and is now going to be the new owner.

Baileys’ Restaurants is announcing that Hugo’s Pizzeria will close this month following the sale.

“We did not have the property listed,” says David Bailey, owner of Baileys’ Restaurants. “The buyer actually came upon the restaurant by mistake, but took immediate interest in it as a turnkey way to bring a planned new concept to Midtown. The offer was attractive and we have decided to take it.”

Bailey notes that the pizza ovens and other equipment needed to reopen the restaurant in a different location are not included in the sale and they are actively scouting potential locations for the next version of Hugo’s. He asks anyone who has a suggested location for the beloved pizzeria to email him at

The last day of service at the current Hugo’s location at 3135 Olive will be May 19, giving customers time to come in for pitchers and pizza while they still can. All gift certificates, including charitable donations, will be honored at other Baileys’ establishments. 

Baileys’ Restaurants is not able to release details about the buyer’s identity, plans or restaurant concept.

Via Press Release