Pizza Place

This story has been updated to reflect that the GoFundMe account set up for oven repair reached its goal Tuesday evening.

The Pizza Place is temporarily closed after its two ovens stopped working.

Manager Sheri Winblood said one of the ovens stopped working on Friday and the other stopped working on Monday.

“The ovens were old, and they just gave up,” Winblood said. “There’s no parts available for them anymore because they’re so old, but they ran this Pizza Place for 44 years.”

Winblood said The Pizza Place could be closed for two days or two weeks.

A GoFundMe was started early on Tuesday to raise $15,000 to buy new ovens. Before noon on Tuesday, $4,015 was raised.

“It’s going like wildfire,” Winblood said.

The GoFundMe acccount reached its goal of $15,000 late Tuesday.

"The love you have shown the Grizzard family by contributing to their needs continues to be inspiring," according to an updated post on the page. "From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to all who have given to this worthy cause! We've met our goal but will leave the fund open for the time being in hopes that any additional funds raised after covering the cost of the new oven will give Mrs. Grizzard an opportunity to tend to other repairs, needs or medical expenses they may have accrued since the accident. Thank you for "showing up" and giving so generously! Once again we are SO honored to be a part of this great community! #livelikeRoger"

The Pizza Place reopened last week after being closed since the end of May following the death of owner Roger Grizzard. Grizzard was a community figure, who served as a Weatherford College trustee for 22 years, including two years as chairman. He also had taught government, economics and social studies at Weatherford High School for 21 years.

Grizzard’s wife, Jeanine Grizzard, opened the restaurant up with help from family, volunteers and former employees. Jeanine Grizzard said in an interview last week that she plans to pass ownership to her son Tyler Grizzard after he recovers from injuries associated with the car wreck he endured with his late father.

Jeanine Grizzard wrote on the GoFundMe page that it might take two weeks for the ovens to be delivered.

"If you were in The Pizza Place in the last few days, you may have had an extra long wait or noticed a sign on the door about a malfunctioning oven,” Jeanine Grizzard wrote. “After having three different repair people look at the two pizza ovens, the verdict is in and they must be replaced. They have served us well for 44 years, but replacement ovens are ordered and on the way. The estimate for delivery is up to two weeks. So we are temporarily closed. Stay tuned for updates!"

To donate, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/the-pizza-place-oven-fund.

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