Maquoketa Happy Joe’s closes, citing staff shortage

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — A popular pizza restaurant in Maquoketa has closed, citing staffing shortages.

Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream, 603 Myatt Drive, closed permanently as of Monday, it announced online.

In the post, restaurant officials state that finding sufficient staff “had become too problematic” for the business to continue to operate.

“Thank you to our customers for your continued support for so many years,” said owner Jeannie Radtke in the post. “We created a lot of smiles and happy memories. We will never forget them.”

Efforts to reach Radtke for additional comment were not successful.

The Happy Joe’s restaurant in Eldridge — 30 miles south of Maquoketa — also announced Monday that it was closing for good.