On Friday we learned that the owners of the South Brooklyn Pizza chain (and P.J. Hanley's Tavern Irish bar in Carroll Gardens) declared bankruptcy. This made us wistful for their perfect bite of mozzarella, sauce, and fresh basil that somehow makes $4 a slice seem reasonable. Thankfully their 1st Avenue location was still slinging pies. Would this be our last visit? "We plan to stay open," an employee who declined to give their name said.
The employee emphatically denied knowing anything about the bankruptcy or what it means for the company, but assured us that they weren't planning on closing anytime soon. Crain's first reported the company's bankruptcy, and noted that a recent bankruptcy petition stated that the action "was precipitated by landlord-tenant issues with the landlord, over-landlord and fee owner of 122 First Avenue." The company owes money to less than 50 creditors. Go get your $4 slice (or $5 for the superior Grandma slice) and watch them dump fresh basil on piping pies like a running back making in rain in a strip joint while you still can.