Credit: Joe Zimmermann

Pi Pizzeria, part of a St. Louis-based pizza chain, is closing its downtown Bethesda restaurant this week.

The restaurant’s last day will be Friday, according to a sign on its door at 7137 Wisconsin Ave. Pi had opened in April 2016.

The closing was first reported by Eater DC. Company founder Chris Sommers did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

“We are very sorry to close and very grateful for your generous support the past 2 years,” a sign on the door read.

Pi serves deep-dish cornmeal and thin-crust pizzas as well as salads, garlic bread and a craft beer list. The chain takes its name from the mathematical constant used to measure a circle, and had reportedly been Obama’s favorite pizza.

Before Pi opened, 7137 Wisconsin Ave. was the home of another pizza place. Pitzze was shut down by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in 2015 after the owner failed to pay rent.


Pi Pizzeria has a location in Penn Quarter in Washington, D.C., and others in the St. Louis area.

Sommers was in the news last fall when he criticized police officers’ handling of protests in St. Louis after a judge found white police officer Jason Stockley not guilty in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith, a black 24-year-old who was shot inside his car after a chase. Sommers said police had gassed him and shot pellets at him while he was trying to defend his restaurant in the city, and a Blue Lives Matter group encouraged people to boycott Pi and call with complaints, according to press reports.


A sign on the door of Pi Pizzeria. Credit: Joe Zimmermann