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Pepe's Pizza Owner, Founder's Grandson, Has Died

One of the owners of Frank Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana has died. Gary Bimonte, the grandson of founder Frank Pepe, was a huge presence in New Haven's storied pizza world.

The family says the Wooster Street restaurant will be closed Thursday as a mark of respect.

New Haven mayor Justin Elicker issued a statement sending his condolences to the family.

"They are an iconic institution not just in New Haven, but to the country," he said. "Their cultural contributions have a lasting impact on our nation’s culinary history. We will always remember Gary for the love he had for this City, his employees, and his family."

The business includes shops in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York.

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