After eight years serving sandwiches to Williamsburg, beloved neighborhood shop Saltie will close at the end of December. Owner Caroline Fidanza announced the decision on Instagram, with a hashtag — #itsnottherentitsme — that pointed to a personal decision over a rent increase.
Dozens of commenters are already mourning the closure, which will remove cherished sandwiches such as the Scuttlebutt with hard boiled egg, feta, olives, capers, and pickles, on freshly baked focaccia loaf. The tiny restaurant has long been a neighborhood favorite, considered one of the best restaurants in the area for its baked goods and simple daytime fare. Aside from sandwiches, it also once hosted a critically acclaimed pop-up called Mr. Curry from chef Rebecca Collerton. For those truly bereft, at least there is a Saltie cookbook from which to recreate favorite recipes.
This isn’t the first closure Fidanza and Collerton have faced; the women opened a Saltie offshoot called Little Chef in Gotham West Market, but closed it just four months later. Fidanza recently called the experience “soul-crushing.” Eater has reached out for more information.