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Thursday
Jan092014

Closed for Business: Christie's Jamaican Patties, 387 Flatbush Avenue

Some sad news to report: Christie's, the Jamaican patty shop on Flatbush Avenue between Sterling Place and Plaza Street, has closed. The phone has been disconnected, and there's a "For Rent" sign in the window.

In business since 1965, the shop was originally located across the street (where the eastern corner of the Crunch Gym is now) and it moved to its present location in 2006. Their $2.50 beef, chicken, and vegetable patties were about as good as it got (especially when tucked into coco bread), and their mains like macaroni and cheese, curry goat, and barbecue chicken were dependably good.

There was a scare back in November of 2011 that the small restaurant, which had a few tables but mostly did to-go service, would be forced to close, but it hung on, with owner Paul Hayes saying, “[Landlord Lina Feng] is trying to kick me out; I don’t think it’s worth the stress; it’s killing me. I’ve had so many sleepless nights.” The shop hung on, but Hayes had been in and out of court with Feng since then.

Christie's was an inexpensive and tasty option in an area where it's now just about impossible to fill up for $2.50. Another nearby option, El Gran Castillo de Jagua, is also now just holding on by the skin of its teeth, as it might be closing soon as well. If you haven't tried their roast pork yet, do yourself a favor and do it now.

As for Christie's, fingers crossed that Hayes can find a new, more hospitable location. In the meantime, their food truck will still be regularly parked on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Ninth Street.

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Reader Comments (21)

Nooooooo - please keep the food truck alive!

January 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternormality

I can't even. I could write poetry about those delicious, delicately spiced patties. My heart is broken.

January 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKB

Grew up with them -- they were amazing back in the day, when they were in the small shop, but seemed to have changed for the worse in the new space.

January 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam

Never saw anyone in there for the last couple of years. Good memories does not a succesfull business make

January 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMax

@max there were people in there every time I dropped by, and I dropped in every couple weeks.

January 9, 2014 | Registered CommenterHere's Park Slope

Ack, Castillo de Jagua might close soon?! I wholeheartedly agree that their roast pork is top notch. Love to get roast pork, red beans and rice, and maybe some sweet plantains. Take it back to the apt and wash it down with some red wine.

January 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Ugh, no more excellent curried goat or stewed oxtail in walking distance :(

January 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNever Satisfied

Christies USED to be amazing. The past 3 years have been so-so with people behind he counter and in the back that truly don't care about the quality of the patty or bread they serve.
It's really sad. I feel bad for the original owner who did a huge service to this part of the area serving up top-quality beef patties.
Maybe I will try the truck....

January 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterchris

Yesterday I saw a "Christie's Jamaican Patties" food truck parked on Vanderbilt! Anyone have more info on that?

January 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDenis

@Denis Yep, their food truck is still around, although it's more expensive than the shop. Also parks on 7th Ave and 9th Street.

January 10, 2014 | Registered CommenterHere's Park Slope

Fang is a total looney slumlord

January 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEyenoseshit

That's very sad news, though I agree that the patties had not been quite so good in recent years. Little Miss Muffin 'N' Her Stuffin' , on Park Place, had way better patties, but is one of the businesses along with El Gran Castillo de Jagua that were set for closure at the end of December. The owners of Little Miss Muffin are looking for a new home, hopefully on Vanderbilt or Washington, and I urge people to go and support them when they reopen.

http://www.onemorefoldedsunset.com/2013/12/turfed-out-on-park-place.html

We've had a real blitz of classic business closures in the last couple of weeks. Even Gray's Papaya ...

January 12, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteronemorefoldedsunset

Best patties I've ever had.

January 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTu Mejor Bahnmigo

How can I contact Paul Haye? Need his tel. no. I am business person London based, like to help him., please pass my number; 011 208 406 3671/ email; morva_s@hotmail.com.

Cheers.

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November 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRENATA

hristies USED to be amazing. The past 3 years have been so-so with people behind he counter and in the back that truly don't care about the quality of the patty or bread they serve.
It's really sad. I feel bad for the original owner who did a huge service to this part of the area serving up top-quality beef patties.
Maybe I will try the truck....

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