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Yates Pizza Palace plans go cold, but could reheat as food-prep space

Dreams of the long-planned Yates Pizza Palace (3000 Duke Street) are likely dead as the owner of the stalled development has filed a permit to sign the location over to be used as a hub for food delivery, the Washington Business Journal reported.

The Business Journal reported that a change of ownership permit indicates that the pizza restaurant — formerly Generous George’s Positive Pizza & Pasta Place — will be owned by a company affiliated with Reef Technology, a firm that converts spaces into neighborhood kitchens.

Yates Pizza Palace had been in the works since 2014 when Jeffrey Yates Sr., owner of Yates Car Wash and Table Talk, purchased the space. Those plans came unraveled in 2018 when Yates Sr. died after a battle with bladder cancer. In 2019, his son, Jeffrey Yates Jr., said he planned to open the restaurant with his wife Kelly Yates in 2020 — which proved to be a singularly unfortunate timing in terms of opening a new restaurant.

The Busieness Journal noted that the permit indicated that the new space will be used for making and delivering goods, like ice cream or bakery items, but that there will be no seating.

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