Grandpa's Pizza Storefront

South Brooklyn Pizza opened in March 2013 and it was so new to the area that most of you probably won’t mourn the passing of the “pizzaiolo.”

A new pizzeria called Grandpa’s Pizza Cafe will take over the 2224 Avenue U storefront, and a sign says it’s “coming soon.”

We’ve wondered before if that corner location is cursed. Before South Brooklyn Pizza, there was Calabrese Pizza & Restaurant, which was also short-lived. Before that, there was Tai Yuan, which was open for only a few weeks. Tai Shan preceded that – again, surviving only a few months. By our count, it’s been five different businesses in as many years.

Thanks to Randy C. for sending us the photo and tip.

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  • M. Smart

    Might do better if it becomes an Italian/Thai fusion cafe

  • Guest

    It’s got the Kruger curse. For years it sat catercorner to his office . Then Storobin took the office space, and put his own bad energy into it.

    Perhaps an exorcism might help.

  • Arthur Borko

    I think perhaps that block doesn’t get enough foot traffic for a pizza place. Unless whomever moves in really wows the neighborhood with quality and service and makes most of their money via delivery.

    I was sad that Calabrese closed. I ate there shortly after it opened and posted a yelp review. I wasn’t to impressed with the slice. The owner replied and invited me back saying that they had changed the recipe. I never made it back to try again but the fact that he responded in such a positive way made me really want the place to succeed.

  • tinafg

    There a place on the corner of ?East 23rd and U?. I was in there once. The pizza wasn’t that good and it was the middle of summer – no A/C. Maybe pizza places on that end of Avenue U are no good! Just thinkin………..

  • D. Scott

    Area is very quiet and tucked away. With rising rents they need far more foot traffic. The Captain video/Hy Friedman complex further up has sat vacant for ages and is another example of this.

    The Thai place a few years ago before the pizzeria was great though!

  • Ryan Young

    I live in the area and have found all 4-5 places in that vicinity average at best…Ave X pizza and grill used to be great a year ago and had a $9 dollar large pie deal but then they went back to $14 dollar a pizza and quality became cheap looking and taste went downhill. South brooklyn had potential but found it average at best…and then they were charging $3 a slice which I found to be suprising considering most places charge 2.50 for a regular. I also saw they had a ‘grade pending..or maybe a C at one time? I think they are rebranding themselves to avoid their poor showing or maybe to charge more..especially when you call yourself a ‘cafe’?

    • Andy P

      No, they are new owners. I think the cafe reflects that they offer other besides pizza, burgers, sandwiches, salads, fresh-baked goods, etc. I liked it.

      • Ryan Young

        Well grandpa pizza café didn’t last long. they closed down and YET a 3rd or 4th pizza place has popped up in its place. Very bizarre continuing to put place and after place and hoping something sticks. Is this corner cursed :>

  • Yourepussy

    Place was delicious

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