Business Interruption Fund spotlight: Apollonia’s Pizzeria

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Apollonia’s Pizzeria is located along Section 1 of the Purple Line Extension and is owned and operated by husband and wife Justin and Linda De Leon.  With 25 years of experience, the owners pride themselves in presenting their customers with one-of-a-kind pizzas that have been prepared with organic produce from locally sourced distributors.

Apollonia’s makes all of their pizzas with fresh, hand-tossed dough, their famous secret sauce and fine cheeses. The pizzeria offers traditional pies from pepperoni to pizza margherita. They also serve an array of unique pizzas including “El Guapo,” made with Mexican chorizo, and the “Dirty Agent,” which offers customers their choice of rattlesnake, alligator or duck and bacon sausage.

According to Mr. De Leon, his business has been impacted by the construction of the Purple Line Extension. He says that some customers frequent his business less often because of street closures and the presence of heavy machinery. “While it is challenging for our customers to get around the construction, we know they will come back when the construction goes away,” he said. “In the meantime, my wife and I are thankful to Metro and the BIF for helping us stay open.”

Apollonia’s Pizzeria is located at 5176 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036. For more information and for restaurant hours, please call (323) 937-2823 or visit

Metro’s Business Interruption Fund (BIF) provides financial assistance to small “mom and pop” businesses directly impacted by transit rail construction along the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Little Tokyo area of the Regional Connector, and Purple Line Extension, Section 1 and Section 2. For more information about the BIF, visit  To apply for a BIF grant, visit Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation (PCR) at

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