In less than a decade, Satchel’s Pizza has become a Gainesville institution, made more special by its east side location. Miriam and I have eaten there more times than I can remember, and for a long time it was our regular Friday afternoon date. We ate there the day we decided to buy the house we now live in, and I took my whole family on my graduation day. I was there as recently as a couple weeks ago.
On Tuesday night Satchel’s caught fire. Fortunately, no one seems to have been injured, and the structure was not a complete loss, as was the case with Napolitano’s some years back. But the kitchen was pretty well trashed, and the restaurant will likely be closed for weeks while they get it back in order. These will be a long few weeks, then, for a lot of people who love Satchel’s.