A Brighton pizzeria known for loaded, large slices (a "proper slice" is 1/4 of a pie) and unique flavor combinations is not closed, but it is for sale.
Boston Restaurant Talk reported, via a commenter on the blog's sister site's Facebook page, Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants, that a sign in the window of The Proper Slice at 547 Washington St. lists the business for sale. Reached by phone at the start of business this evening, an employee said the shop will remain open while the owners look for a buyer.
"The business is not closed. It is for sale to the highest bidder," a company representative responded via email. "The brand name and concept may stay, that's up to the buyer."
This commercial listing posted late in June indicates the restaurant's current inventory, furniture and tableware, POS system, and kitchen equipment including a recently-renovated hood system is on the market for $234,000. The 1,000-square foot storefront itself isn't for sale; presumably the next business owner would rent the space.
BRT noted, via the most recent post on The Proper Slice's business Facebook page, that the mainly take-out place closed for some time in March because of a grease fire. It's not clear when The Proper Slice reopened for business, but another Facebook page, apparently belonging to the pizzeria's owner, indicated in May the shop would be closed Mondays for the summer season.
A different Friend of Boston's Hidden Restaurants shared with the community that he tried to order from the pizzeria last night, but its website was "wonky" and phone calls went to a full voicemail machine. The Proper Slice's hours of operation on Tuesday are 5 - 10 p.m., so no one answered the phone this afternoon, and the voicemail box is indeed still full.
Since the shop hasn't been open for the past 24 hours, its unclear if it is still operating while being on the market. (SEE UPDATE) The Proper Slice's most recent Yelp review was recorded on July 18, and the shop is featured in the most recent issue of Boston magazine, which hit stands this week. Hit up the tipline if you have any intel about its status.
The Proper Slice opened a second location on Newbury Street in March 2013, but it shuttered that fall. In Brighton, it has been in business since August 2011.
UPDATE, 5:15 PM: This article reflects comment from representatives of The Proper Slice, who responded to requests once the shop opened at 5 p.m.