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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Blue Highway Pizzeria closes location on Silver Springs Blvd

An Ocala pizzeria has closed its location along Silver Springs Boulevard after a decade in business.

Blue Highway Pizzeria appears to have closed its doors for good. As of this weekend, roadway signage has been removed and the building has largely been cleared.

Blue Highway Pizzeria in Ocala
Blue Highway Pizzeria has closed its doors at 2130 E Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala. (Photo: February 4, 2024)

The pizzeria’s listings on Google and Yelp also show that the restaurant is “temporarily closed.”

According to state corporate records, Blue Highway Pizzeria is owned and operated by Rock Hospitality Partners, LLC, which is managed by Jerriel Bazile.

Bazile took over Blue Highway completely in the fall of 2018, and the location no longer had any connection with others by the same name in Micanopy and Tioga.

In 2019, Bazile opened J Rocks Pizzeria, which specializes in seafood pizzas.

J Rocks Pizzeria cuts the ribbon on their first location in Ocala
J Rocks Pizzeria cuts the ribbon on their first location in Ocala

In 2021, Blue Highway was temporarily closed multiple times due to failed health inspections.

Although there were many positive online reviews for the restaurant over the years, one of the last Google reviews the restaurant received was from a customer who allegedly found a small roach crawling over their pizza.

Sammy B photo on Google
A user posted this photo of a pizza allegedly ordered at Blue Highway in October 2023. (Photo: https://g.co/kgs/bntQzKD)

Blue Highway Pizzeria is one of several restaurants that have permanently closed in Ocala over the past year.

Lorito’s, an Italian restaurant just west of the pizzeria on Silver Springs Boulevard, closed its doors last summer after 50 years in business.

Pie-O-Mine closed its pizzeria at Market Street at Heath Brook last October.

Madras Cafe closed its vegan Indian buffet in Ocala around the same time as Lorito’s.

Crave Hot Dogs & BBQ closed its location in the Shady Oaks Shopping Center in the fall, just a few months after the restaurant replaced Kotobuki.