, the Polish diner with the Gothic-looking sign on First Avenue in the East Village, has served its last pierogi, posting a goodbye note to its fans:
I am sorry to announce that on this Christmas Eve Polonia will be closing its doors permanently. We would like to thank all of our amazing customers who have supported us this quarter of a century. As all good things, Polonia's time has come to an end. It is time for new ventures. Keep your ears open for NYC Pierogi Factory. And again... Thank You!
The shutter comes barely a year after 22 year-old Paul Jurczyk bought the restaurant from his parents, who opened it in 1989, and brought in a new chef to revamp the menu and attract a younger crowd. The new business plan, perhaps unsurprisingly, didn't sit well with many longtime customers, who lambasted the younger Jurczyk after an interview he did with EV Grieve last year.
One possibility is that the landlord raised the rent. We're curious to see exactly what this "Pierogi Factory" turns out to be—is there room for two food factories in one neighborhood? Only time will tell, but good thing you can still get your kielbasa and blintzes at Veselka 24 hours a day.