Cranbury Pizza reopens nine moths after fire

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March 23 was “like Christmas morning” in the Taylor household.

“I have 7-year-old twin boys and a 12-year-old daughter. For months they asked, ‘When are they opening?’ When it happened they got up at 8 a.m. and asked, ‘Are we having pizza for breakfast?’ ” Councilman Jay Taylor said.

Cranbury Pizza reopened on March 23 at a new, larger location at 55 N. Main St. next to Teddy’s, after a damaging fire in 2020.

“We are so glad the team persisted through the June fire and are opening, better than ever, in their new location,” Mayor Mike Ferrante said in a statement on March 24.

The Middlesex County Fire Marshal’s Office was unable to find the cause of the fire that took place on June 19, 2020, according to the last update from November.

Cranbury firefighters battled the fire at Cranbury Pizza, 63 N. Main St. Firefighters responded to an initial call at 6:38 p.m. on June 19 of fire at the building location.

According to Cranbury Fire official Sam DiStasio’s June 22 report to the Cranbury Township Committee, upon arrival by the first unit smoke was found enveloping and coming out of the roof and the side of the building.

About eight different fire companies participated in extinguishing the fire. There had been a lot of structural damage to the building, according to the Cranbury Fire Department.

At the time of the fire, current occupants included workers at the pizzeria and occupants of the apartments, which are part of the building. Occupants living in the building who were affected included Denise Valdes and the Dario Parades family.

There were no injuries to the occupants and firefighters on scene, according to the fire department.

Andrew Harrison contributed to this story.