After months of problems paying its rent, utility bills, and state taxes, the WSJ reports that Grimaldi's Pizzeria under the Brooklyn Bridge was served eviction papers last month by its landlord, who will make a plea in court to have her tenants thrown out this Friday.
The trouble started back in April, when the landlord had to drain thousands of dollars out of the Grimaladi's security deposit after owner Frank Ciolli had fallen behind on three months rent, plus money for other building-related costs. Although Ciolli has now paid the back rent from earlier this year, he still apparently owes $44,000 to the landlord. A recent attempt to pay a $38,000 security deposit was denied, after the building owner had simply had enough. A rep for the landlord noted, "We made an agreement....time is of the essence. We don't have to take money late.''
Even if Ciolli is able to pay off his debt soon, he's already lost the right to renew his lease, so there is a very good chance that Grimaldi's on Fulton St. will close as early as this fall. If Grimaldi's is forced to move out of the space, remember, a new location is going into the Limelight Market on West 20th Street, and there are always the other locations in Queens, Hoboken and Garden City, NJ, as well as satellites in Las Vegas, Texas and Phoenix.
· Renowned Pizzeria Faces Eviction [WSJ]
· All Grimaldi's Coverage on Eater [~ENY~]