first_imgSmokey’s Pizza crews on Monday worked fast and furiously toward serving the company’s last slice at its Hazel Dell restaurant, the last remnant of what once was a chain of seven local restaurants.Owner Dellan Redjou announced earlier in the day via Facebook that she would close the venue at 6920 N.E Highway 99 for good by the end of the day or when the supplies ran out. As word got out, loyal customers flocked to the tiny restaurant and by noon had formed a line that stretched from the front counter to the door. At one point, pizza lovers were waiting on their orders for two or more hours.“We’ll probably be closed by 5 p.m.,” Redjou said at about 2:30 p.m. By then, the restaurant had run out of large “skins,” a term used to describe dough that has already been shaped and stretched or rolled out into a pizza round. The closure, which ends Smokey’s Pizza’s 48-year run as one of Clark County’s favorite pizza businesses, comes less than two years after the death of Wayne Redjou, Dellan’s husband and business partner. Redjou did not sell the business but said she plans to lease the Hazel Dell site to two employees who will open a different pizza business there under a new name.“A big part of (closing) is that Wayne is gone,” said Redjou, 55.Smokey’s Pizza at one time operated from seven locations, including one Portland restaurant, Redjou said. The couple gradually closed many of those locations after Wayne Redjou was diagnosed with nonsmoking throat cancer about seven or eight years ago. He fought a long and hard battle with the illness until his death in January 2012.last_img read more