Bruce Olson assembles a pizza at Alfy’s on Evergreen Way in Everett on Dec. 23. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Bruce Olson assembles a pizza at Alfy’s on Evergreen Way in Everett on Dec. 23. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Another Alfy’s pizzeria closes, but the owners say fret not

Regulars said goodbye to the Silver Lake joint. Ownership has pledged to reopen the Alfy’s on Broadway in time for baseball season.

EVERETT — It was a last hurrah at the Silver Lake Alfy’s.

Lifelong Everett resident Parker Zenier was surrounded by his pals, sharing pizza and wine, at a table full of childhood memories.

After 29 years of business, Dec. 17 was the locally beloved pizzeria’s final day. The Alfy’s, along with the nearby Skate Deck, will soon be demolished and replaced with 88 townhomes.

Decades ago, the chain stretched all the way to Auburn. But through the years, locations have shuttered — most recently, in Lynnwood, Smokey Point and Stanwood. And the Alfy’s on Broadway in Everett has sat empty since May.

But fret not, sentimental pizza lovers.

“It’s definitely not a trend of a sign that we’re going anywhere,” owner Blake Olson said of the Silver Lake closure.

Broadway should be back up and running before the Everett Aquasox’s Opening Day in 2022. Other locations in Snohomish County — in north Everett and Granite Falls — are slated to get a facelift.

It’s good news for Zenier and his friends, who recall countless birthday parties and Little League award ceremonies at the family-friendly joint.

They described Alfy’s as “nostalgic.”

“A tradition.”

“A dad’s cheap choice.”

They always loved the game consoles, grease-covered controllers and all.

“It’s part of the experience,” Zenier said.

Alfy’s Pizza on Broadway is closed in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Alfy’s Pizza on Broadway is closed in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Blake Olson said the community’s response to the closure has been touching, even emotional, as staff says farewell to regulars.

News made it to Reddit earlier this month.

“This is a shot right in the childhood,” one user lamented.

Alfy’s has been around since the ’70s, back when the current ownership’s grandparents decided to get into the pizza business. The venture was successful, as evidenced by the now-$5 million Everett home the family helped build out.

As for the Silver Lake location, Blake Olson said, “we’re trying the best we can to get by with the locations we have.”

“It just seemed like time to sell that one,” he added.

Fifteen minutes north on Broadway, Blake said the restaurant just couldn’t find enough employees during the pandemic.

They’re still looking to hire cooks, delivery drivers and cashiers.

The Marysville, Monroe, Granite Falls and Oak Harbor locations are still slinging dough. But pizza party planners in Everett now have but one Alfy’s to turn to in town: Alfy’s on Evergreen. The store’s delivery service has been expanding into Silver Lake and Broadway’s old territory.

Owner Bruce Olson (grandson of the founder who was also named Bruce, son of Brian, nephew of Brett, cousin of Blake and dad of a smaller Bruce), runs that store independently, ever since the Alfy’s were split up in 2012. Same name, same family history, separate company.

More and more locals are getting privy to that, Bruce said.

Judy and Bruce Olson, founder of Alfy’s (Courtesy Photo)

Judy and Bruce Olson, founder of Alfy’s (Courtesy Photo)

“Since day one, instead of worrying about what they’re doing, we’ve just kept our own direction,” he said.

Bruce and Brian, both working out of the Evergreen Alfy’s, said they didn’t know why Silver Lake and Broadway closed their doors. They don’t talk business with the Olsons who run the other Alfy’s stores.

Bruce boasts that his restaurant still makes its own sauce on-site, and uses the original “commissary” that used to service all the Alfy’s in town.

It’s “very old school,” Brian said. And it’s the oldest Alfy’s location.

Blake sees it differently. He considers the Broadway store the oldest, even though it moved down the street after the Evergreen shop’s founding. His Alfy’s are “still the true Alfy’s that everyone’s come to know,” he said.

Either way, Alfy’s pizza has become a Snohomish County icon. Bruce, Brian and Blake say the name isn’t going anywhere.

On Friday, Zenier’s gang, now grown, said they’ll likely hit the other locations to get their ’za fix.

Now grown, the gang has swapped T-ball for fantasy football. They poke fun at Vincent Le, this season’s loser who will soon get a bad tattoo of his friend’s choosing — Mickey Mouse, this year — per league rules.

“If I’m a coach one day,” Zenier said, “I’d bring my team to Alfy’s.”

Claudia Yaw: 425-339-3449; Twitter: @yawclaudia.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Kevin Duncan puts his ballot in the ballot drop box outside of the Arlington Library on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 in Arlington, Wash. The Arlington school District has three measures on the February ballot, including one to replace Post Middle School. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
High court: State must pay for some, not all, ballot boxes

Snohomish County sued to recoup the cost of adding 21 ballot drop boxes to comply with a 2017 law.

Jesse Spitzer (Snohomish County Sheriff's Office)
Sultan man wanted in Washington, Idaho arrested in Montana

Jesse Spitzer, 30, is accused of multiple thefts and was on the run from law enforcement for a week.

‘Armed and dangerous’ carjacking suspect last seen in Edmonds

A man in a stolen truck led troopers on a chase. He crashed, assaulted another driver and took that car.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Lynnwood in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Lynnwood bookkeeper gets federal prison for embezzling $298K

Judith Wright, 75, was sentenced Friday to six months for writing fraudulent checks to herself. It wasn’t the first time.

Sen. Ron Muzzall, R-Oak Harbor, left, speaks on the floor of the Senate, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., during debate on a measure that would delay implementation of a long-term care program and the payroll tax that pays for it. The Senate passed the measure, which was passed by the House last week, and Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign the measure on Friday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Delay of Washington’s long-term-care program signed into law

The bill addresses concerns about the program’s solvency and criticism about elements of the underlying law.

Anthony Boggess
Man charged with first-degree murder for killing of Marysville roommate

Anthony Boggess, 30, reportedly claimed “demons” told him to hurt people. He’s accused of killing James Thrower, 65.

Les Parks, left, talks with his daughter, Kenzi Parks, after a laser etched drum finished printing Tuesday afternoon at his home in Tulalip, Washington on January 25, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
After 1,200 positive cases, Tulalip Tribes face ‘deepest fear’

“We used to be big on family doings — not anymore.” On top of a cultural toll, the pandemic has exposed health inequities.

Stevens Pass on Dec. 30, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / Herald file)
Amid rocky ski season with 300 complaints, Stevens Pass offers deal

Vail Resorts said returning customers can get discounts for 2022-23 if they renew their passes by May 30.

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., two men stand armed with guns at a protest supporting President Donald Trump and against the counting of electoral votes in Washington, DC, affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The open carry of guns and other weapons would be banned on the Capitol campus and at or near any permitted public demonstration across Washington under a measure being considered by Washington lawmakers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
State Democrats push new round of open-carry gun restrictions

They want to keep guns away from ballot counting and out of places where city councils and school boards meet.

Most Read