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The Original Ledo Restaurant in College Park to close for several months, reopen under new ownership

A College Park staple is closing its doors, but apparently not for long.

The Original Ledo Restaurant at 4509 Knox Road had its last day Nov. 22, according to its Instagram page, but will reopen in some fashion in the spring or summer under new ownership.

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The City of College Park owns the Downtown Parking Garage where the Ledo’s resides and on Nov. 17, the mayor and city council approved a lease agreement with Chesapeake Hospitality of Greenbelt, according to a news release.

The release said Chesapeake Hospitality will open a new Ledo Pizza franchise restaurant and is exploring the idea of a smaller specialty food business in the 5,800-square-foot space.

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Renovations are expected to begin in early 2021, the city said.

The restaurant had served its trademark square pizza for decades, opening in 1955 in Adelphi in Prince George’s County before moving to College Park in 2010.

The pizza was so popular that the chain started a franchise in 1989, but after a legal battle, the family of Tommy Marcos Sr., one of the original owners, split from the franchise, which has dozens of locations in several states, from Maryland to Florida.

During the 1960s and ’70s, sports celebrities like Yogi Berra, Johnny Unitas and Joe Namath often visited the restaurants, Jimmy Marcos, Tommy’s son, previously said.

Baltimore Sun reporter McKenna Oxenden contributed to this article.

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