PayPaul sent in the photos and the following report, which seems to say it all:
Before 6:30 a.m. today there was a fire at the J&M Pizzeria on 14th Street and Avenue U. 2 Ladder trucks, 2 fire engines and a tanker truck were on the scene this morning with the addition of at least 2 more smaller fire vehicles, the Fire Marshall and 2 police cars. Residents on the second and third story of the building on that corner had their windows broken and I presume they were evacuated. It wasn’t apparent if anyone was injured as no ambulances were on the scene. The restaurant was gutted and a Chinese Herbal shop was damaged.
We’ll let you know if J&M will reopen anytime soon, but the prospects don’t look too great right now.
View more photos from the fire.
It is shocking – and revolting – how many businesses we’ve been writing about lately that haven’t survived a year. The latest example is Chipp Neapolitan Pizzeria (2971 Ocean Avenue), which opened November 2010 and is now shuttered.
The writing was on the wall, of course. Or at least on Craigslist. The restaurant, which was co-owned by Lenny “The Russian” Veltman of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice, looked like it was off to a good start, with an original idea for the neighborhood and a classy – if controversial – product. But just seven months after opening, we spotted a for sale announcement on Craigslist. At that time, co-owner Rus Gor told us that a dispute between the partners led to the sale.
And sell it has! When we stopped by yesterday, both Veltman and Gor were there – along with the new owner. The newbie didn’t want to chat at the time, but Veltman said it would be a Russian-Uzbeki restaurant. We didn’t get the ultimate sale price, either, but the asking price back in June was $250,000 for a 10-year lease, equipment and furniture.
Regardless, we’re glad Chipp didn’t go out of business, but closed at the discretion of its owners. And we wish those owners the best of luck in their future endeavors, and look forward to welcoming our new neighbor at that location.
The owners of Pizza Cardo, at 1730 Jerome Avenue, opened its doors to customers yesterday, offering a kosher menu of pizza, pasta, salads and wraps.
The business replaces Benny’s Gourmet, another kosher pizzeria, which closed in May after three years. It has all new owners and management, but the website advertised on the sign doesn’t appear to be up and running yet.
Time Out New York is out with it’s annual cheap eats issue, and once again, there’s no love for the restaurants of Southern Brooklyn. This Manhattan-centric rag only mentions one restaurant that barely qualifies as being in our part of the world; Di Fara Pizza (1424 Avenue J) in Midwood. Take a look…
Read why we think hipsters – and publications like Time Out – have destroyed Di Fara’s.
Chipp Neapolitan Pizza (2971 Ocean Avenue) is up for sale just seven months after it opened, courtesy of a dispute between the owners that made offloading the property a priority.
The pizzeria, which specializes in cooking thin-crust pizza in a wood-fired oven at 800 degrees in just 90 seconds, turned up on Craigslist not too long ago with an asking price of $189,000, stating an “Owner’s Disagreement is your gain.”
We checked in with Rus Gor, one of the owners, who confirmed that it was on the chopping block – but not at that price. They’re asking for $250,000, which includes a 10-year lease, equipment and furniture. The Craigslist ad has since been removed.
Keep reading, and also view a screenshot of the Craigslist ad.
A reader told me about two weeks ago that Benny’s Gourmet Pizza, at 1730 Jerome Avenue, had closed down. We got over there yesterday to check it out, and that does appear to be the case. After nearly three years in operation, the establishment seems to be shuttered.
We called the business’ number this morning and there was no answer. We’ve been hearing that kosher establishments are becoming more and more in-demand in Sheepshead Bay, and establishments like Cupcake Kings have gone out of their way to get the proper certification to cater to the demographic. So what happened at Benny’s, the only kosher pizzeria in “downtown” Sheepshead Bay?
Chipp Neopolitan Pizza, at 2971 Ocean Avenue, is celebrating its grand opening tomorrow by feeding the poor… college students. Poor college students. Well, not necessarily poor – but hungry. They’ll be feeding hungry college students.
Sure, the pizzeria has enjoyed a successful “soft” opening for several months now, with sales partially fueled by the controversy it sparked by talking smack about pizza legends at Totonno’s, DiFara’s and Grimaldi’s. Or maybe it’s that it’s owned by former Apprentice star Lenny Veltman. Or, heck, perhaps people even like the pizza!
To get down to the nitty gritty, Chipp is offering a free pie for one day only to college and university students, faculty and staff, as long as a valid academic ID is presented. So, if you’re a student, of have a really good fake student ID or something, get a free pie. And tell them you read about it on Sheepshead Bites.
Also, tell them to tell their Williamsburg-based PR firm that Ocean Avenue and Avenue Z is not Coney Island. If need be, we can send over this map to give them a little refresher on hipster geography.
Sammie's hasn't replaced the Del Corso sign just yet. (Photo by Ariela Baranov)
Sammie’s Pizza and Restaurant have opened up in 3003 Avenue U, the spot formerly occupied by Pizzeria Del Corso. Don’t get too excited for the return of Nino Coniglio, the pizza prodigy that ran the last joint; Sammie’s has new owners and is running under a new name, though the sign isn’t up yet.
We did a nice video piece about Coniglio in July, and we got nervous in August when signs went up saying it was closed for renovation. Then, well, it just never reopened.
We haven’t sampled its delights yet, but the menu at Sammie’s does look nice and extensive. There are the usual dishes such as heroes, rolls, calzones, pizza pies, wraps and pasta. In addition, there’s a few interesting pizza selections Del Corso never offered, including “Philly Cheese Steak Pizza” and “Chicken Honey Mustard Pizza.” There is also a nice variety of salads – 13 different ones listed on the menu. Overall, the pizza menu is less traditional than the Del Corso menu, the restaurant menu less refined – but there remains a lot of options.
Welcome to the neighborhood, Sammie’s!
Photo by Arthur Borko
Venezia Pizzeria at 2771 Knapp Street is now open. You can call them at (718) 676-0800. Word is there’s a flyer going around offering a free slice of pizza.
Business must be going well at Sofia Pizza Restaurant (2822 Coney Island Avenue), which we deemed a serious competitor to local stalwarts like Del Mar Pizzeria and Bay Pizzeria shortly after they opened.
The year-old pizza joint is opening a second location, aptly named Sofia Pizza II, at 3033 Avenue V. Employees of the original location said that the owners are waiting for some paperwork to clear before they can open, and it could be anywhere from a few days to weeks.
We’ll call it the Bites Bump (Eat your heart out, Colbert!).
Thanks to Arthur Borko for the photo and tip.