5th Quarter Pizza, Former 49ers Hangout, Announces Surprise Closure

Margie Shafer
December 12, 2019 - 11:19 am
Fifth Quarter Pizza in Redwood City abruptly closed because of a lawsuit, the restaurant's owner said Dec. 11, 2019.

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REDWOOD CITY (KCBS Radio) — The popular 5th Quarter Pizza in Redwood City is turning off its oven - and shutting its doors for good after nearly four decades. 

In the 1980s, the 5th Quarter was a hangout for San Francisco 49ers players. It remains a long time favorite of local families. 

Hassan Jabbari has owned the pizzeria and sports bar on Woodside Road with his brother JJ since 1986.

The restaurant's future changed course when their landlord recently died. The heirs have another vision for the space, and have told Jabbari they must close up shop by the end of January. 

The site was recently hit with an ADA lawsuit, and the owners don't want to make the fixes necessary to keep the restaurant going.

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The popular 5th Quarter Pizza in Redwood City made the surprise announcement that it will close in January. The pizzeria and sports bar, which was once a favorite hangout of players with the 49ers, has encountered some unexpected events that forced the owners to decide to close the business. Their landlord recently died and the heirs have a vision for the property that doesn’t include the pizza restaurant. There is also a lawsuit over accessibility for people who are disabled. To be ADA compliant would be expensive, said co-owner Hassan Jabbari. Jabbari, an immigrant who left Iran following the revolution there, was upbeat about the twist of fate. “I really appreciate all my customers,” said Jabbari. “I build all these nice relationships. I feel lucky, so to close up this place doesn’t affect me, because I know I can do something else.”

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"Because of the lawsuit for handicap access, they don't want to put all the money in here," Jabbari said. 

But he's taken news of the coming closure in stride. 

Jabbari has said the rent he and his brother paid wasn't a lot. He's appreciative of having the opportunity to do business for long.

"It's not that much money for a huge place," he said. 

Jabbari and his brother will sell all their equipment and start a new, unspecified venture. 

It's not the first time that Jabbari has started over. 

He left Iran in the early 1980s during the revolution and came to the United States. He first worked for a cousin who owned a Round Table pizza restaurant before opening 5th Quarter.

Jabbari would have liked more notice of the planned closure, he said, but overall, he's content with the new direction his life has taken. 

"I am so happy. I meet all these great people. I really appreciate all my customers,"  he said. "I build up all these nice relationships. I feel lucky, so to close up this place doesn't affect me, because I know I can do something else."