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Point Pizza Closes After 24 Years

Point Pizza Malibu owner Hye Song Oh hugs friends and family as she served the last remaining pizza and sub sandwiches on New Years Eve.

Surrounded by friends, customers and family, Point Pizza Malibu owner Hye Song Oh closed her 24-year-old restaurant on New Years Eve.

Oh, who thanked the Malibu community for the support, worked up through the 8 p.m. closing, giving out hugs and asking about her customer's lives.

Earlier this week, Oh released a statement expressing her sadness at the Dec. 31 closure, which was because Point Dume Village owner Zan Marquis refused to extend her lease. Instead he signed a new lease with D'Amore's Famous Pizza, which already has a location in Eastern Malibu.

"The most difficult part of this closure is the fact that I will not be able to see the customers that have been coming into the store over the years. I know their families, have seen their children grow up and bring in their own children, and I know what they are going to order even if they have not been in the store for months or years," Oh said. "I feel like I am losing part of my own family."

Jody Kern, who grew up in the Ramirez Canyon area of Malibu, said he was one of the first cooks at Point Pizza under the original owners. He was out of Point Pizza Monday with the last torpedo sub.

"The day it opened, I was really happy we had a pizza place on this side of town," Kern said, adding that he started by delivering pizzas and subs when he was 17 and worked off and on until he turned 27.

"Zan Marquis has a black heart," Kern said.

Hamish Patterson, who ran for Malibu City Council in April, said he is going to miss his two slices of pepperoni jalapeno pizzas.

"I'm officially going to go out of my way to make their life difficult," Patterson said of D'Amore's. "It's a scumbag move."

Patterson and others thanked Oh for providing jobs and a hang out for Malibu's youth.

"She's always been part of the community. It's an attack on the youth," he said.

A closing party began just after 5:30 p.m., but some customers, like Patterson, hung out at the restaurant all day.

By 7:20 p.m., only 10 pizzas were left.

Sam McGee, who began working at Point Pizza when he was 16, said he has mixed feelings about the closure.

"I'm happy I got to spend time with them. I'm happy the community came out today. I'm really upset they are closing. It's not going to set it for a few days," McGee said.

Charles Lee January 01, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Junior, the fact that you prefer D'Amore's is fine. There are plenty of people that prefer Point Pizza and that is fine too. We have the right to choose in this country. I think the fact that you say that Point Pizza does not have a quality product is a bit hypocritical. You are trying to tell people not to call the landlord names, but you are bashing a business that clearly was successful based on your own taste. Restaurants that do not have a quality product do not last for 24 years and they are not leaving for lack of revenue. If you have the right to bash Point Pizza, then don't other people have the right to say what they want about the landlord.
Zuma Skipper January 01, 2013 at 07:46 PM
It's a little different. If you LEASE a house and set up a home business and your landlord doesn't renew your lease, you are not entitled to sell the house. Personally I feel really bad for Pt. Pizza as they had a solid business and the proprietor should have been entitled to sell it to D'Amores as it had an established customer base and steady cash flow. Business are usually valued by a multiple of cash flow and therefore an enterprise value is determined. What the landlord did was perfectly legal but it wasn't ethical.
J. Flo January 01, 2013 at 09:10 PM
What a beautiful and so deeply sad evening. Neighbors lined up 10 deep, flooding Hye Song's small business - tears in eyes hugging her goodby. The love was palpable, makes me so proud to be a member of this real community. There is no ethical justification for literally taking away a woman's 24 year business. She purchased Pt. Pizza from the previous owners, yet this take-over business doesn't pay her one penny for, and steals her valuable customer base. She couldn't even take her pizza ovens, they're built into the walls. While agreeing to every landlord demand, an older woman now, she's left with the clothes on her back, no job, just memories of decades of hard work, all taken with no compensation or one single moment of concern. Shame, shame, for SHAME. Yes, we live in a business world but what happened to HEART, ethics and morality? That's GOOD business. Have no idea how these people live with themselves - but I do know the Universal law of Karma. And that never wavers . . . Malibu Landlords - this business is loved. She's a part of our Malibu family. If you wish to join with this community, lend a hand, become a hero - please bring Hye Song and Point Pizza back. Care is what makes a neighborhood, reaching out is what makes a community, join in the beauty of this town. This is a moment where you're needed. Will you step up?
David Armstead January 01, 2013 at 09:14 PM
It is a back door deal to sign up the same business with the same product in the same location because you as an owner want the "people of Malibu to have a better choice" as Zan has said. This was a decision to move out a minority owned local established business for a the exact same chain business. Dimores has several stores and while the rest of you transplants call Joe a "local" he has not been a part of our community as long as Hye has been. Zan is typical of the new shopping center owner in Malibu who has come here from somewhere else and forces upon the residents his vision of high end retail. Where you can buy $300 t-shirts, and $10 coffee. Finally, Dimores is not any better than PT Pizza and which is better does not really matter it is the bigger picture of our local shopping choices for the non-millionaire families. Slowly at the hands of these new Landlords the practical economical choices needed by normal families do not exist in Malibu where most every other town offers them and therefore serves their communities rather than only the elite upper end members of the community. I plan to and urge others to boycott Dimores for being part of this backdoor deal to get rid of PT Pizza. Do you think that Dimores will cost more or less than PT Pizza?
J. Flo January 01, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Phony names, Charles. Probably all coming from one person. Real Malibu has no problem standing up with a real face! Sending Hye Song love - J. Flora-Katz
Hans Laetz January 01, 2013 at 09:32 PM
So, a minority woman is booted out, to be replaced by a white businessMAN paying the same terms, making essentially the same product, for the same price? Nothing against the D'Amore family, but really? I think there is plenty of room for Point Pizza at 23825 Stewart Ranch Road, 2nd floor, south side. Ocean-view, lots of foot traffic during lunchtime, within 12 minutes of the entire city for deliveries or take-out. City business over a pie! Lord knows it would be more of a public service than the current use.
Athena Shlien January 01, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Subway isn't quality why are they allowed to rent?
Marshall Thompson January 01, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Brilliant, Hans! The perfect location.
Jody Kern January 01, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Name calling, eh? But it's okay for you to call people scumbags for voicing their opinions, while you act as if your opinion is fact and what's good for you is good for everyone. If you don't like Point Pizza, no one else can own that, and there is nothing wrong with that. My opinion is that they had the best sandwiches in town, and I love the food there overall. Does that make me a scumbag or a fool in your eyes? Apparently enough people liked Point Pizza enough to support and defend the establishment and they had no lack of business and loyal, endeared customers. And I'm tired of explaining who is at fault or "guilty", all that info can be found from firsthand posts on Point Pizza's Facebook page and some of it here on the Patch. And I know from good friends of mine for 30 plus years, that D'amore was after that spot for years and seized the opening like a vulture, which is his right, but the whole premise of this changeover is wrong. Free market, fredom to choose, freedom to cause ill will, boycotts, and infighting within the community. There you go, enjoy your new pizza place and your oh so important opinions.
Jody Kern January 01, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Amen David, fully agree.
Point Dume Vintage January 01, 2013 at 10:53 PM
"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make..." Hye Song and Point Pizza Staff, we took our Special Combo pizza home last night and put it in the freezer . In honor of our Malibu friendships and Point Dume memories, we will eat a slice each month in 2013 as we anticipate the return of Point Pizza ! Happy New Year ! xoxoxo Robert, Barbara & "Q"
Jody Kern January 02, 2013 at 04:49 AM
No one got screwed here, okay, Junior knows best. Of course the landlord needs to maximize the bottom line, it's not about that. But an inferior business? There are a lot of ways to conduct business, we all have different philosophies. Some of us can sleep at night for the right reasons, Hye Song is definitely that type of owner and operator. Don't tell me it doesn't matter how long she was there, she EARNED her clientele and complied with all of Zan's tall orders to meet his standards. Now D'amore, like a patient vulture, seized the opportunity, but will have to meet a tall order himself to get any clients there besides you and whomever. Who are you to judge us by zipcode? You obviously have no idea who you are talking to. I started out working two and three jobs, toiling endlessly for years. With the help of people like Hye Song, was able to make more money. Many a time I had Point Pizza to thank for giving me work just to have some kind of money to put in the gas tank. Many of us whom worked there as working class kids are at the center of some real hard-won success stories. But here we are, listening to you tell us that we have nothing worth fighting for and standing up for because of our zipcode and we should be above compassion and principle. Get lost, dude! lol
Hans Laetz January 02, 2013 at 04:54 AM
"subway isn't quality" she sniffed. I hope you realize what that sounds like.
Malibu January 02, 2013 at 07:45 AM
Hye spent 25 years building a clientele for pizza, although technically nothing wrong with it the landlord pulled a total cock move by putting another pizza joint there.
Malibu January 02, 2013 at 08:03 AM
Don't count on it, because there was no lease space they had to sell all the equipment. They are done, the legacy will be remembered...
Dru Ann Jacobson January 02, 2013 at 06:45 PM
My family and I were in and out of Point Pizza all day on Dec 31...what a sad day...and a terribly sad way for a person to have to close their business. As Hye Song said...the pain is, she was forced out! She wasn't ready to say good-bye to her friends and family, and that's what we all were! I will be boycotting DiAmore's, because I will not support two extremely selfish people, Joe and Zan...! So long old friend...we will miss you!
John January 02, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Their pizza was horrible and they are out. Sorry. The only reason they even succeeded is because there was very little competition, otherwise they would have been out of business 24 years ago. They didn't build any clientele because of their product, they are just in the best location.
John January 02, 2013 at 07:02 PM
It's not the same product Hans. That's like saying Burger King's CAFO burgers are the same product as Boca's grass-fed, angus burgers. Their location is extremely convenient and the only reason they lasted so long. A much better restaurant is moving in and will be better for everybody.
Dru Ann Jacobson January 02, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Gosh...are you getting paid to promote DiAmore's? Everyone has different tastes...if you like DiAmore's better...drive to the East Side...the way and manner the whole eviction was carried out was UNFAIR...no denial there!
J. Flo January 02, 2013 at 07:25 PM
PP had plenty of competition. Spruzzos has a huge take-out businesses and Kristi's serves pizzas. The masses who've shown up to support Point Pizza ,as they have for 24 years, love her food. I no longer eat at D'Amores, IMO it's cardboard - and certainly after this will never eat there again. I'm with you, Dru!
Charles Lee January 02, 2013 at 07:40 PM
I am sorry John, but you are mistaken about little competition in Malibu. There were 7 restaurants in Malibu that served pizza when Point Pizza was in business. That is approximately 1 pizza serving establishment per 1,979 people. The national average is 1 pizza establishment per 4,585 people. That is approximately 2.3 times the national average. I calculated this as part of the Point Pizza business plan that was submitted to the landlord. You should do some research before you make blanket statements.
Pamela Conley Ulich January 02, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Another mother with Dru 2!
Ben Dover January 02, 2013 at 08:11 PM
"she sniffed" I hope you realize what You sound like Donkey Boy.......
Cece Stein January 02, 2013 at 10:07 PM
How about a Point Pizza food truck perhaps? Maybe temporary ( or permanent )/ easier solution to keep her going? Point Pizza has many supporters, now that the holidays are over maybe all this energy could be put to good use like a fundraiser to help her? Business is survival of the fittest. If there is a will, there is a way.
J. Flo January 02, 2013 at 10:48 PM
All being researched. Fundraiser for truck = YES, agree!
Jody Kern January 03, 2013 at 01:02 AM
"John", I was there when Point Pizza opened, worked there on and off for years, and really liked their pizza. In my honest opinion, they had the best sandwiches in town. I know so many people that were fans of Point Pizza and their food. If Point Pizza were no good, then none of us would support it. Are you here to add to the conversation or just to be a dick? Seems like the latter.
Hans Laetz January 03, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Tell that to a judge. More importantly, th eburden is on you to convince the Malibu community that your boss has any shred of high road in this shameful, shameful matter.
Mark Howell February 10, 2013 at 07:47 PM
And, park it out in front of Point Dume Village.
Mark Howell February 10, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Don't be fooled by DeMore's phone number! I recently returned to Malibu after being away a few months and just discovered that Point Pizza had closed only after I called them to order a sandwich. But, after dialing Point Pizza's number, it was answered by..DeMore's! WHY DO THEY HAVE POINT PIZZA'S OLD NUMBER? Very misleading.
Marshall Thompson February 16, 2013 at 03:52 AM
Hi, neighbors, I went shopping in Pt. Dume Plaza and the parking was as screwed up as usual, so I exited the main lot and parked on the other side of B of A. Guess what? The Point Pizza store logo is still up on the elevated marquee per my included cellphone photo. I just thought that was Waayyy uncool, like dancing on the grave of the previous tenant of 24 year who had her business stolen.

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