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Protesters Rally at D'Amore's to Save Point Pizza

Organizers said the group will consider more rallies, but the next step is likely to write letters and make calls to Point Dume Village owner Zan Marquis and the D'Amore's ownership.

For the second time in two weeks, dozens of protesters gathered to show support for Point Pizza, which will be replaced by D'Amore's Famous Pizza at the Point Dume Village at year's end.

Friday's demonstration was staged in front of D'Amore's along Pacific Coast Highway.

Point Pizza, which is owned by Hye Song Oh, is scheduled to close in December when its lease expires. Point Dume Village owner Zan Marquis has said he opted to replace Point Pizza with D'Amore's as part of an effort to offer healthier choices at the shopping center.

Malibu mom Kim McGee, who was helping collect signatures on a petition, said she disagrees with the replacement of Point Pizza by D'Amore's.

"We consider it to be an issue of right versus wrong," McGee said. "Not so much an issue of who has the better pizza. We love Point Pizza, but D'Amore's pizza is good too. We'd like [D'Amore's to go] anywhere else. They could go to Trancas, they could go wherever they wanted to."

McGee said the petition to save Point Pizza has collected more than 830 signatures, with several people signing their names at Friday's event.

"What would we consider a success, if D'Amores did the right thing and said 'Hey you know what, we started as a local business we get it, we don't want to displace (Hye Song) and be party to the landlord and his strong arm tactics and we'll just open somewhere else,'" McGee said.

Last week, some 300 protesters rallied in front of Point Pizza, compared with around 40 on Friday.

Malibu resident Andy Borenzweig, who has been active on Facebook creating a "Save Point Pizza" group, was not super excited about the turnout but said anything the community can do to show support for Point Pizza is a good thing. On Facebook, the group was 70 members shy of 2,000 as of Friday night.

"Malibu is a very small community as it is, so 2,000 people just in the Facebook group is a very big thing. It keeps growing," Borenzweig said.

The Malibu teenager said they'll consider more rallies, but the next step is likely to write letters and make calls to Point Dume Village owner Zan Marquis and the D'Amore's ownership. 

"They haven't been responsive so far, but I think that if we keep being persistent and actually show how serious [we are], they will eventually have to respond to somebody at least," Borenzweig said. 

Earlier this week, the D'Amore's Team, which is out of town for a funeral, released a statement explaining they had no intention to go behind Hye Song Oh's back when it agreed to open a new location in Point Pizza's space.

The Point Pizza ownership has said they want to stay at the Point Dume Village and increasingly offered healthier choices and high quality ingredients over the years.

Robin October 20, 2012 at 03:01 AM
That landlord is a liar and a jerk! How DARE he throw her out!!! Pt. Pizza is a long, long Time staple in the Dume community and there is no reason she should have to go! D'Amores is no better! They knew all along what they were doing and we will NEVER patronize their crap pizza shack ever again!!!
J. Flo October 20, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Great time today. Loved to see young kids, teenagers, college students, moms and dads all rallying to protect a woman's business. The rallies will continue. There are well over 900 signatures collected and rapidly growing to save Point Pizza and not to give patronage to any other that takes her place. This is a great beginning! Thank you Andy Borenzweig for leading the call to save Hye Song's restaurant - a Malibu hero!
J. Flo October 20, 2012 at 06:24 AM
For anyone who wants to sign, please go to either Point Pizza, Drill or online here> https://www.change.org/petitions/zan-marquis-owner-of-the-shopping-center-allow-point-pizza-to-stay-in-their-current-spot-with-lease-renewal#share
Fred October 20, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Signed electronically . Thanks J.Flo for link .
Lenny Shaw October 20, 2012 at 11:16 PM
I know you folks think that I am unsympathetic. I actually don't have strong feelings on the narrow question of Point Pizza But Robin, may I suggest that you may do Point Pizza and Hye Song more of a service if you not call Mr. Maquis names. Yes, even if he is the biggest SOB on Earth, he has it in his power to extend Hye Song's lease, sad as that may be. Why should he accommodate anyone who throws out petty insults? Young Mr. Borensweig is a great young man, yet he is acting more mature than a few others three times his age. Part of being an adult is civility with those we do not like, ESP that person has it on their power to give you what you want. While I think your cause is narrow, it is not unworthy. The majority of you who are acting in a civil manner owe it to yourselves and whomever you are trying to help to disassociate yourselves from those who are angry, irresponsible, and resemble a town mob
Gwen Lucoff October 21, 2012 at 08:53 PM
you folks need to get a lesson in economics. if the tenant can't pay the rent, then the landlord needs to find a tenant that can. that's business folks, In case you haven't notice, along with your own property values, the value on retail space has risen too. You can't have it both ways.
J. Flo October 21, 2012 at 09:46 PM
What are you talking about? Hye Song has paid her rent fully and on time for 24 years and has agreed to a 65% rent increase. Facts, how about using them? I don't know about your property values but ours and vast majority of the homes in the USA have severely dropped. This post makes no sense -
Cece Stein October 21, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Well said Lenny. Bravo. If only there were more like you in this town, many wonderful things could be accomplished in a far more civil manner.

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