Today’s Wall Street Journal reports on imminent eviction proceeding for the famous Dumbo location of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, which not only owes its landlord some $44,000 in back rent, but also owes the city $12,250 in taxes and business improvement district dues. The Old Fulton Street restaurant, tourist favorite, best pizza list-topper and late-night L Mag dinner provider has been serving pies from its rare coal-fired oven there since 1990.
But since April owner Frank Ciolli hasn’t been paying Florida-based landlord Dorothy Waxman any rent, and has accrued several fines to do with wastewater management, for which she’s had to use her tenant’s security deposit. Ciolli has tried to pay most of the late rent following an agreement in June, but Waxman’s attorneys have refused, so no matter what the pizza place will likely move out in the fall and start serving at a previously reported Chelsea location that’s already in the works. Wait, what? Greedy landlord forces Brooklyn tenant to move into Manhattan? And it’s not opposite day? (BHB)