Pizza Boulevard (Source: Google Maps)
Any alum of Leon M. Goldstein High School (née Kingsborough High School, in my day) has a special place in their heart for Pizza Boulevard at 1623 Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.
Located across the street from the front gates of the Kingsborough campus, in which Goldstein High School sits, it was a beacon of freedom and food. It meant, at long last, you were out of class and done for the day (or simply, y’know, cutting) – and also a good distance away from the cafeteria’s mutant fried-fish-with-American-cheese-baked-underneath-the-crust culinary atrocity.
Man, I could go on about the memories about that place. Some would tarnish my
good mediocre name. Others would confirm every bit of what Manhattan Beach residents fear happens on that corner.
Let’s not stir that pot today.
Pizza Boulevard – the business – is for sale. Ben Bay Realty has the listing for $579,000, describing it as a “well established successful 1, 134 Sq. ft + full Basement, corner Pizzeria near a major NYC college and High School.”
It has 19 years left on the lease, at $5,300 month plus five percent increases each year, as well as 12 percent of the total taxes and insurance. It claims to seat 34 and have outdoor seating for 24, though it never felt like that.
Quite frankly, I’m a little curious about why such a long-lived and successful pizzeria in a key location is up for sale, and, to my untrained eye, half a million dollars doesn’t sound too bad.
What do you think?
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.
A new eatery called Blinoff Creperie has popped up at 2421 Coney Island Avenue, next to the Burger King south of Avenue U.
Blini, for the uninitiated, is a Russian crepe. Very tasty served with salmon caviar and sour creme.
We shot this photo about two weeks ago
, so if the doors aren’t open yet, they will be very soon.
The storefront was previously occupied by Verrazano Carpet.
Welcome to the neighborhood, Blinoff!
UPDATE (11:00 a.m.): Facebook user Vika left us a note pointing out that this sign has been up for about three months. So maybe it won’t be open all that soon after all.
It’s been many, many months since Mitoushi Japanese Fusion closed its doors and began construction to expand into the next door storefront.
So many months, in fact, we kind of lost track of just how long it has been, and even began wondering if they were done for good.
At long last, the scaffolding around the 1714 Sheepshead Bay Road storefront has been removed, and the new signage and glass windows are on display.
A big banner hanging across one of the windows says that it will open soon, and an employee told us last week that he expected it to be open some time next week.
The storefront it’s moving into was once the GNC store. That business has moved over a spot, taking over a MetroPCS location that did not reopen after Superstorm Sandy.
This is the opposite of what Marshalls looks like today. (Photo by Paypaul)
It looks like it’s discount-designer-apparel-retailer-closed day on Sheepshead Bites.
We’ve received word that Marshalls at 1623 Avenue Y is “closed until further notice.” We received the tip at approximately 10 a.m. this morning, then learned from the source that the location has suffered a broken water pipe.
Which should serve as a reminder to all of us – keep those faucet taps open a little bit to prevent freezing in this chilly weather.
It looks like the controversial and eponymous tenant of the Loehmann’s Seaport Plaza building on Emmons Avenue will soon vacate, following approval from a bankruptcy judge to sell off inventory and holdings.
The discount designer apparel retailer is shutting its doors after filing for bankruptcy in December. A judge on Tuesday gave the green light to conduct at “Going out of Business” sale of merchandise at the retailer’s 40 locations across 11 states.
In Sheepshead Bay, it means a prime waterfront commercial space at 2027 Emmons Avenue will now go vacant, after being one of the strip’s prime attractions for local shoppers. It also means that nearly 100 employees at the local location will be looking for work, an employee told Sheepshead Bites over the phone today.
The storefront is set to close its doors for good some time in March, the employee said. Until then, shoppers can enjoy bargains between 10 and 40 percent off, with the sale kicking off today.
The Sheepshead Bay Loehmann’s opened its doors in the 1990s after a long and bitter battle between the property developer and locals who feared it was an inappropriate use of waterfront land. A special zoning district was enacted for the Sheepshead Bay waterfront in the 1970s, reserving the land for waterfront- and tourist-related activities.
The Loehmann’s space was renovated in 2010 after a fire in a neighboring restaurant caused damages. Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 shuttered the location once again, and it reopened doors to shoppers in February.
The three-story, 280,000 square foot retail center came under new ownership in 2008, setting a local real estate record with a sale price of $24 million.
Founded in Crown Heights in 1921, Loehmann’s has struggled to compete in recent years, filing for bankruptcy two previous times. It follows the trend of other discount apparel retailers, including Filene’s Basement and Daffy’s, both of which filed for bankruptcy in the past two years.
Okay, so it’s not that new. The owner of Elite Pets Spa at 2637 Coney Island Avenue tells me they opened shop about three months ago, which gives you an idea of how long it has been since I strolled down that corridor.
The store had a decent selection of pet supplies, once you get past the cage they make you stand in when you first enter.
Anyway, Elite Pets Spa replaces JM Auto Leasing.
New signage went up over at 1307 Avenue Z, the former home of Puff Caffe, revealing a rebrand as Love 69 Bar & Lounge.
The change happened within the last few weeks, though we’re told it’s the same owners as Puff, which came under new management about a year ago.
We haven’t been inside, but a Yelp reviewer notes that there’s been a redesign on the interior:
Before Love 69 (a little bizarre for a name of a hookah lounge), the previous Puff cafe underwent multiple. Its fairly similar, but now they have a stage (I’m assuming they will upgrade with live music) and more importantly, a full bar!
Decor now is a rustic, western theme. Same layout and cool decorations. Theme also includes sex; you’ll notice the bathroom door with a woman taped with “69″ on her boobs and a poster in the front with about 15 different explicit sex positions. Guess they took “sex sells” a little seriously?
Welcome to the area, Love 69.
A new shop recently opened at 1730 Sheepshead Bay Road called Women’s Fantasy, a clothing and lingerie shop for plus-sized women.
Women’s Fantasy opened its doors to customers in late November, but did not install a sign until the temporary one photographed above went up in the last week or two. It’s actually not a new business; Women’s Fantasy has been serving customers for more than a decade, with a storefront in Bensonhurst.
Women’s Fantasy replaces Pelame Top Design, a fur and leather retailer who closed up shop in June 2012, barely a year after opening.
Employees at Capital One Bank’s Ocean Avenue branch are finally back in a permanent home after more than a year working out of a nearby trailer, courtesy of the extensive damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
The storefront at 3090 Ocean Avenue reopened about two weeks ago, and the hulking trailer that took up a chunk of the parking lot has been removed.