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Pandemic forces Pizza Doctors to close after 34 years

Brad Williams

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A popular downtown La Crosse restaurant has closed after more than 30 years in business, citing the coronavirus as the reason for closing.

October 30th was the last day in business for Pizza Doctors at 7th and King.

A message posted on the restaurant’s door says “After exploring every available option, it has become apparent that Pizza Doctors will not be able to successfully ride out the pandemic. A restaurant built on a buffet attracting families and children is not a good model for a pandemic.”

Owner Larry McMahon announced the closing on the restaurant website and Facebook page.

Pizza Doctors opened on September 1st, 1986 inside a former Godfather’s Pizza restaurant.

The message sign in the parking lot dates back to when a Henry’s Hamburgers drive-in operated on the same corner.

Pizza Doctors, known for its hospital theme and experimental flavors of pizza, briefly had a second location on Mormon Coulee Road in the 1990’s, now occupied by a Subway restaurant.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.