It looks like Grimaldi’s Manhattan location has closed again, at least temporarily.
Located inside Chelsea’s Limelight Shops — a market at 656 Sixth Ave., between 20th and 21st Streets — the iconic pizzeria has been seized for unpaid taxes, a photo plastered on its front door shows. The Brooklyn pizza shop of 100-plus years opened the Manhattan outpost in 2011.
The Chelsea offshoot was cited by the NYC tax department four times this year between March and August for amounts ranging from $14,445 to $35,660, public records show. Eater has reached out to the restaurant for more information. Update: The restaurant owes a total of $117,333 and was seized on December 12, the tax department tells Eater.
Grimaldi’s tells Eater it aims to reopen after Christmas.
Two years ago, this very location of the famous pizzeria also ran into trouble with the state’s tax authority for an unpaid bill reaching nearly $122,000. Its original Brooklyn location briefly closed in 2008 for the same reason, but opened shortly after the owners paid the taxes owed to the state.
Grimaldi’s original location is one New York’s most iconic pizza shops, around since the 1990s, but it has since grown in a nationwide chain with locations all over the U.S.