Lombardo's Pizzeria closes after 22 years
Owner Michael Skeffington wants to be a full-time dad
Last updated 1/8/2020 at 12:33pm
It is the end of an era for Lombardo's Pizzeria on the Mukilteo Speedway. The restaurant closed its doors Nov. 4.
Owner Michael Skeffington has been using his newly acquired free time to be with his family and finally take care of a much-needed neuroma foot surgery after decades of working on his feet.
"As a business owner, you don't get time off," he said. "It was time to wrap things up. Mukilteo has been so good to us."
Skeffington has spent his lifetime in the restaurant business. He first learned how to toss a pizza and use a real pizza oven in the Bay Area when he was 19. Then he went to culinary school.
He fell in love with baking and said he wanted to open a bakery – until he realized that bakers typically start their day at 3 a.m. Skeffington said he changed his vision to own a restaurant one day. He had the recipes but just needed the equipment.
The young chef moved to Mukilteo in 1996. He opened the business one year later in a small space next to LA Fitness and Hollywood Video, back when people still rented videotapes.
The pizzeria was located where the Speedway and Highway 99 meet, near Lynnwood. Skeffington said customers were primarily based in Mukilteo.
He said the restaurant was named after his father's army buddy, Eugene Lombardo, who died about a decade ago. Eugene was "super Italian" and loved sharing his name, he added.
Lombardo's Pizzeria moved further down the Speedway in 2012 after 15 years at the old location. Skeffington said the vacant building had three times the amount of space.
He changed the business model at the new location to accommodate a larger dining room and to double the staff. Skeffington said both his children eventually joined the workforce at the pizzeria.
"It was a natural introduction to the family business," he said.
Patrick and Allison Skeffington helped the business for a few years before it closed. Allison graduated from Kamiak High School in 2018 and is currently studying to become a veterinarian. Patrick will graduate from Kamiak this spring.
"In this business, 22 years is a lifetime," said Skeffington in a departing Facebook post to the community. "In that time, I dreamed about having children, and I've now raised two amazing children to adulthood. My daughter Allison and son Patrick will always be my greatest accomplishment."
As a business owner, Skeffington said he had to wear so many hats. He was a banker, counselor, chef, manager, dad, and so much more. He said it's time to finally be a dad again, not a boss-dad.
"I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our customers, old and new, for their patronage these so many years," he said. "It has been a great run, and I wish you all the happiness in the world."