Yesterday news broke that both Eastern Alley and Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop were in various states of shutter. Both cases are notable, as the former was only open for a month and a half, and the latter is a staple in the neighborhood, beloved by all. First the good news: Tiny's is scheduled to reopen in mid to late April under new ownership with the same menu, same location.
The news isn't so rosy for Eastern Alley. After a massive rift between the two owners, it has closed for good and will revert soon—with the exact same decor—to doing standard delivery Thai food, as they did when it was Thailand Cafe.
Co-owner Sean Scotese confirms yesterday's rumors that his former partners asked him to come up with six figures to buy them out or else they would sell. He mourns the end of the restaurant below:
We designed, built and operated that place from day one and it was a labor of love, literally. The hardest part to swallow for the staff, myself included, was that people were there working literally for free until the place got on its feet. To come in, work an entire month in a row of 7 day / 90 hr weeks and not receive a paycheck and then find out the business is being taken off of life support before it even got a chance is a very low point to experience.The good news is the chef tells Eater that he already has "something very exciting" in the works and hopes to someday look back on Eastern Alley as a "trial period."
· Big Trouble at Eastern Alley Just 40 Days After Debut [~ENY~]
· Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop Shuttered for the Last Three Weeks [~ENY~]