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Downtown pizza business still closed, in limbo

Written August 2nd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Along with other signs, the March eviction notice remained on Ciddici’s front door on July 29.

On the social media app Nextdoor, someone asked whether Ciddici’s Pizza in downtown Albany would ever reopen. I had wondered about the same thing and this week tried to find out. The short answer is: Who knows?

As I reported in April, when I became aware of the situation, the downtown business in the historic Oregon Electric Railway depot was forced to close in early March because of a court-issued eviction order.

The eviction was the result of a civil lawsuit over unpaid rent on the building. The building is owned by T&H Investment LLC, of which Tariq “Tim” Siddiqui and his brother Hamid are the owners, and which Tim manages. T&H filed the suit over rent against Chanda Corporation, managed by Hamid and doing business as Ciddici’s Pizza.

Tim had started the pizza business many years ago in the old PayLess building. Hamid rook over the business when Tim returned to his native Pakistan six years ago and has lived in Karachi since.

Via Facebook texting, I asked Tim about the status of the downtown pizza store last week. He replied: “I am seeking to dissolve the LLC that owns the property and sell it. There is mediation/arbitration at the end of September. Hamid has the sole authority over the business, and I don’t know what decision he will make to secure access to the property.”

Still based in Karachi, Tim said he was traveling to a city in north Pakistan and was hoping to be in Oregon in September.

I haven’t  reached Hamid. So whether Ciddici’s downtown will reopen and when, that’s up in the air. (hh)





2 responses to “Downtown pizza business still closed, in limbo”

  1. Bill Maddy says:

    This historic 1912 Oregon Electric Railway building deserves a new owner who will preserve its historic value and features. Hopefully, a new owner who will clean it up and turn it into a top quality restaurant or possibly an Oregon Electric Railway and Albany Streetcar Railway museum. This building and the surrounding neighborhood represents so much of Albany’s rich history.

  2. Suebee says:

    I am in high hopes that if able to purchase, the new owners will preserve the building (it’s one of my favorite historic buildings) and keep it well maintained for future enjoyment to the city.

 

 
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