Midweek Photo: M&M Catering


M&M Catering in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

Jamie Guigno took this photo of the inside of M&M Catering on East 27th Street and Avenue Z the day it closed down. Before M&M Catering it was M&M Meat Market – both businesses were owned by her father, Mike Fischetti. The employees – many worked there for years – wrote the above on the door as a final goodbye. For those that remember, M&M was a neighborhood staple. But Fischetti, who passed recently, lives on through the non-profit organization he founded, Guardians of Hydrocephalus Research Foundation. You may recognize the name from the fading ad on the side of the same building that hosted M&M, which for many of us is as much a curious legend of the Bay as anything else. We’ll have more on the Guardians of Hydrocephalus and the Fischetti family in the weeks to come – but we thought this was a touching photo.

Jamie Guigno is a local photographer, and can be booked for private events through her website. You can see more photos from her Flickr photostream.

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  • Ray Johnson

    Sad to hear about Mr. Fischetti. I have always wondered about the Guardians of Hydrocephalus Research Foundation and M & M, so I’m looking forward to the writeups. Didn’t the sign have a drawing of Dom Deluise?

  • Ray Johnson

    Sad to hear about Mr. Fischetti. I have always wondered about the Guardians of Hydrocephalus Research Foundation and M & M, so I’m looking forward to the writeups. Didn’t the sign have a drawing of Dom Deluise?

  • http://www.doublemphotography.com/ Jamie Fischetti-Guigno

    Yup the sign had a drawing of Dom Deluise.

  • http://www.doublemphotography.com Jamie Fischetti-Guigno

    Yup the sign had a drawing of Dom Deluise.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    I may have photographed it one time. Is the wall painting still there?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    I may have photographed it one time. Is the wall painting still there?

  • Greg
  • Greg
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    That picture may have been taken 2 years ago. That’s around the time i took a photo, which is buried on a backup disk I think.

    Pictures on Google streetview of my block are almost two years old.

    Maybe I’ll take a walk early tomorrow morning.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    That picture may have been taken 2 years ago. That’s around the time i took a photo, which is buried on a backup disk I think.

    Pictures on Google streetview of my block are almost two years old.

    Maybe I’ll take a walk early tomorrow morning.

  • http://www.doublemphotography.com/ Jamie Fischetti-Guigno

    The sign is still there. I live around the block and get to pass it everyday =). However, that picture on google maps is from about two years ago. Now the store next door is an elevator company and in the google maps picture it was still my dad’s catering hall. You can tell from the sign.

  • http://www.doublemphotography.com Jamie Fischetti-Guigno

    The sign is still there. I live around the block and get to pass it everyday =). However, that picture on google maps is from about two years ago. Now the store next door is an elevator company and in the google maps picture it was still my dad’s catering hall. You can tell from the sign.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    It took a lot of work to take photographs of every street in every major city, and then some. I suppose it will be a number of years before the street view is updated.

    I guess that means we can still take a virtual trip to the catering hall for some time. Knowing Google, they will hold onto the older images and make them available in some way when they are replaced.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    It took a lot of work to take photographs of every street in every major city, and then some. I suppose it will be a number of years before the street view is updated.

    I guess that means we can still take a virtual trip to the catering hall for some time. Knowing Google, they will hold onto the older images and make them available in some way when they are replaced.

  • Anonymous

    I lived down the block and worked in the store 20 years ago.
    Sorry I didn’t know Mike passed.
    I hope your family is doing well.

  • clare

    I lived down the block and worked in the store 20 years ago.
    Sorry I didn’t know Mike passed.
    I hope your family is doing well.

  • Anonymous

    PS loved making the onion boards.

  • clare

    PS loved making the onion boards.

  • http://www.doublemphotography.com/ Jamie Fischetti-Guigno

    Hi Clare, did you move since then? The family is doing well. Did you work with my brothers, Michael and Sonny?

  • http://www.doublemphotography.com Jamie Fischetti-Guigno

    Hi Clare, did you move since then? The family is doing well. Did you work with my brothers, Michael and Sonny?

  • Anonymous

    I am still in sheepshead bay.Yes I did. work with your brothers. Jr. and his brother also. I think Mike had just got engaged. Your Mom and Aunt are 2 sweet hearts.
    We worked hard and had fun. Your Dad saw to it that none of his employees were working on an empty stomach.

  • clare

    I am still in sheepshead bay.Yes I did. work with your brothers. Jr. and his brother also. I think Mike had just got engaged. Your Mom and Aunt are 2 sweet hearts.
    We worked hard and had fun. Your Dad saw to it that none of his employees were working on an empty stomach.

  • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

    You know what memory I have of that place? Back in the mid 90′s the corner store over there was one of the only places in the area to have a Mortal Kombat Arcade Machine. There were kids around that thing after school nearly everyday for months.

  • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur B

    You know what memory I have of that place? Back in the mid 90′s the corner store over there was one of the only places in the area to have a Mortal Kombat Arcade Machine. There were kids around that thing after school nearly everyday for months.

  • http://www.doublemphotography.com/ Jamie Fischetti-Guigno

    Clare, happy to hear that you are still in the area. Many have moved on and out but it’s good to hear that people who’s history is in this community still live in the area. My brothers are married now and like many others moved out of Sheepshead Bay. Mom and I are still here though, right around the corner. Whenever my brothers talk about “the store” (a.k.a M&M Meats) they always say that they worked really hard but always had fun doing it. They talk about all the pranks they pulled on each other and all the time they spent surrounded by each other, customers and co-workers. They still talk about those days. Happy to hear you’re still around like I am =)

  • http://www.doublemphotography.com Jamie Fischetti-Guigno

    Clare, happy to hear that you are still in the area. Many have moved on and out but it’s good to hear that people who’s history is in this community still live in the area. My brothers are married now and like many others moved out of Sheepshead Bay. Mom and I are still here though, right around the corner. Whenever my brothers talk about “the store” (a.k.a M&M Meats) they always say that they worked really hard but always had fun doing it. They talk about all the pranks they pulled on each other and all the time they spent surrounded by each other, customers and co-workers. They still talk about those days. Happy to hear you’re still around like I am =)

  • Julie R

    I worked at M&M Caterers on and off for 8 years. I loved every minute of it, especially looking back now. (back in the moment it may have been hectic at times)but i would not have it any other way. I truly miss that catering hall, but not as much as i miss Mike Fischetti. He was one of the kindest people i have ever met. There are not enough words. The good times will always be remembered.

  • Julie R

    I worked at M&M Caterers on and off for 8 years. I loved every minute of it, especially looking back now. (back in the moment it may have been hectic at times)but i would not have it any other way. I truly miss that catering hall, but not as much as i miss Mike Fischetti. He was one of the kindest people i have ever met. There are not enough words. The good times will always be remembered.