Equipment will be auctioned off next month for longstanding pizzeria, which was plagued by health code violations over the years

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After operating at the corner of Nine Mile and Woodward in Ferndale for more than 50 years, Como’s Restaurant has permanently closed.

Michigan Restaurant Liquidations and Auctions have posted details of a second round of Como’s equipment online on Jan. 11. The iconic lighted “Como’s Restaurant” sign with the star is one of the items up for grabs, including several booths, pizza ovens, lighting fixtures and decorations.

Specializing in pizza and known for its large, covered patio, Como’s had been shut down for health code violations more than once. The most recent closing was in September, after which owner George Grego told The Detroit News that he would reopen.

After forcing to close in 2016 because of violations, Grego – whose father opened the restaurant in 1961 – hired a new chef and launched a streamlined menu.

In late 2015 the restaurant’s liquor license was briefly suspended because of unpaid fees.

Now, a sign on the Como’s back entrance states that it is closed permanently. “Closed for good,” reads the chalkboard sign. “Retired... still the best pizza. Thank you for 66 years.”

Como’s Facebook page and website have also been scrubbed.

mbaetens@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @melodybaetens

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