The location near the corner of 7th Avenue and First Street of South Brooklyn Pizza, the pricey mini-chain of slice joints, was posessed last Wednesday by the City Marshal, and has yet to re-open. The landlord now has legal posession of the premises, and as opposed to the infamous yellow DOH closure sticker, this won't be so easy to remedy; odds are that rent hasn't been paid in quite some time, and the odds of it ever re-opening are probably quite slim.
The is the latest in a string of mismanaged businesses by owner and infamous area landlord James McGown; his reputation is so terrible that he was recently profiled in Crain's with the headline, "James McGown Buys, Bankrupts, and Bruises." In the piece, it's revealed that in the past 5 years he's faced $50,000 in fines for buildings he owns that are in disrepair, and has filed bankruptcy after bankruptcy, with nearly $15 million in unpaid debts.
McGown also owns Brooklyn Buschenschank in Carroll Gardens and the Cherry Tree bar on 4th Avenue (which filed for bankruptcy 4 years after he bought it but is still open); he bought Brooklyn's oldest bar, P.J. Hanley's, in 2005, and that closed earlier this year after it went bankrupt. It's since re-opened as a new bar called Goldenrod.
In August of last year, South Brooklyn Pizza filed for bankruptcy as well, but also remains (mostly) open. There are still several locations in the city, including one on 4th Avenue that's attached to Cherry Tree.
Many thanks to reader Erica for sending in the photo.