Katie's Pizza Cafe in Clayton Has Closed

Katie's Pizza Cafe in Clayton Has Closed

Katie's Pizza Cafe (6611 Clayton Road, Clayton), the stylish pizzeria in Clayton originally opened by Katie Lee Collier, has closed its doors.

The nine-year-old restaurant was apparently shuttered without fanfare or publicity. The restaurant's phone number continues to ring, but there is no way to leave a message and no greeting that provides contact information for the restaurant's owner, Tom Lee. Visitors at three different times over a three-week period report finding locked doors during normal business hours; a customer reports on the restaurant's Facebook page that he was told by employees at the Rock Hill Katie's that the Clayton location had closed.

Lee did not respond to a message seeking comment yesterday. Reached by phone this morning, Collier says that the closure took place a few months ago, was owing entirely to her father's retirement.

"To be in the restaurant business for nine years — it's a huge feat," she says. "He's really happy. He was ready to move on to the next chapter."

Lee opened the restaurant in 2008 with his daughter Collier, now a rising star in the national food scene. (She was the founder, but he was always the sole owner.) In 2013, she launched a successful Kickstarter to open a new concept on Manchester Road in Rock Hill, Katie's Pizza and Pasta.

Despite the similar names and the similar family heritage, the two businesses do not have ownership in common — and Katie's Pizza and Pasta in Rock Hill not only remains open, but recently announced a Town & Country spinoff.

Tom Lee attempted to sell the Clayton Katie's for $1 million in 2013, but apparently didn't find a buyer.

Editor's note: We updated this post after publication to include additional information from Katie Collier and also to correct an error in our previous version. Katie Lee Collier was a founder of the original Katie's Pizza in Clayton; she never owned a stake in the business.

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