One of Fort Worth’s newest restaurant entrants, MiDiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Co. in the West Side’s Left Bank development, has closed, unable to generate enough sales, its co-owner, Michael Crain said Friday.
The Crains opened the restaurant in February, serving up pizzas, salads, appetizers and desserts in a modern dining room, a wood-fired oven at its heart. Crain announced the closure in an email.
“It is with a heavy heart that we inform you we will be closing MidiCi Fort Worth, effective immediately,” Crain said.
“Joanna and I worked extremely hard, sinking our all into the restaurant. Despite our best efforts, we could not generate the sales necessary to maintain the business. We learned much during this venture and are so thankful for the friends who rallied behind us and supported this dream. We were excited to create an inviting environment for people to make memories, as well as a venue where we could support many charitable causes. It is fitting that one of the last events we hosted was for charity, which we found uplifting and hopefully assisted those served by their efforts. We will now continue those efforts through other avenues.
“We find solace in knowing God has a different plan for us and are excited to see where that road leads.”
Crain, a former official in President George W. Bush’s administration, is also the District 3 administrator to Fort Worth City Councilman Brian Byrd and a Realtor for Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. The Crains head a Fort Worth nonprofit Foodie Philanthropy, which raises money for a selected charity each year by partnering with restaurants that donate tables for sale through an annual Foodie Philanthropy event. Proceeds go to the selected charity. For the 2019 dinner, the beneficiary is the Hope Center for Autism.