HOBOKEN, NJ - A fixture on the corner of 4th & Garden Streets, the lights are currently out at 7 Stars Pizza.

Following up on a reader tip, TAPinto Hoboken stopped by the pizza shop earlier this week to find it closed and dark in the middle of the afternoon. Online ordering platforms list the corner pizzeria as closed. After several days of attempting to contact the shop, located right next to Church Square Park, there has been no response to phone calls, nor any updates on social media.

Authorities tell TAPinto Hoboken that police had visited the shop recently to mediate an encounter between the shop management and the landlord over money owed. Furthermore, utilities have reportedly been cut off.

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The city's dining venues have felt the unimaginable economic strains of the COVID-19 shutdown. 7 Stars has historically been renowned as a late night go-to for locals who needed some fuel while patronizing the legendary Hoboken hospitality scene. That scene has been quiet since March 14, when Hoboken announced a shutdown in the face of the pandemic.

Reopening is underway but it has been slow—too slow for a number of venues. While 7 Stars offers bargain slices, the award-winning Cucharamama just a few blocks away abruptly announced its closure after a 16-year run.

Currently the fate of 7 Stars remains undetermined, we will update this story as it develops.

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