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Tuesday
Jan132015

Tutta Pasta Space on Seventh is For Rent

Tutta Pasta, one of those restaurants that always seems to have people in it even though nobody ever admits to going there, has been put on the market. The 3,000 square foot space, on Seventh between First and Garfield, is for rent for a negotiable rate that's "currently $45 PSF below market," according to a listing that Park Slope Stoop first spotted.

The no-frills red sauce joint has served standard Italian fare, heavy on the olive oil, cheese, and fried stuff, for well over a decade, and was apparently doing well enough that the owners opened a (now closed) second location in Hoboken and a pizza spot, Piccola Uva, across the street. While the restaurant is certainly a dependable standby for some, it's not exactly breaking new culinary ground, and you'd be hard-pressed to find many people surprised by the news.

With seating for 140 plus sidewalk seating, a full bar, and a liquor license, this is a prime spot for a deep-pocketed restaurateur who's looking to make their stamp in Park Slope. I could see Sarabeth's doing quite well in this spot.

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Reader Comments (61)

Last time I got excited that a large prime space in PS was open, Grand Central Oyster Bar moved in-we can only hope for better.

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

I love that place. Best pasta in the slope. Sad.

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBill

AWFUL AWFUL FOOD! My god, I hope you're joking Bill.

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRick

This place stinks

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCrunchy Jon

I can't understand how it stayed open this long. Hopefully something nice comes to this space. That block litter and trash wise has been one of the worst is Park Slope. Hopefully the owners in this block eventually get together and try to maintain it better.

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBalki

What was worse than the food (and it was really bad) was the decaying storefront, rotting signage and garbage littered all over the front of this building. I don't know how the retails businesses on that block (I'm looking at you, Starbucks, Liberty Travel and Norman and Jules) can stand to look at it every day. Get out there and SWEEP IT! You don't need to wait for a BID and you don't need to get together to discuss it, you simply need to buy a $10 broom and go take 5 minutes and sweep it every morning. This city has become a city of lazy entitled wannabes. Does anyone remember when every morning was filled with the sound of business owners outside cleaning up their storefronts every morning. I certainly do. Now we have to wait 3 years to get a 7th Avenue BID before any trash gets picked up? Shows how little these businesses really care about the neighborhood. There are blocks in the South Bronx that are better taken care of than most of 7th Avenue north of 9th Street.

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIna

Perfect place for a Dim Sum restaurant.

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Nail salon!!
::perfectly manicured fingers crossed::

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDonna Hey!

Mark my words-Chipotle!!

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKen

Brooklyn Central Pizza on 5th Avenue is for sale.

Between that, Snice, Apertivo and a bunch of others, 5th Avenue ain't lookin so good right now.

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Ken,

Why exactly would Chipotle open in a 3000 square foot space with outdoor patio and liquor license when they open in 1000 -1500 square foot locations in the rest of the city? You really think Park Slope needs the largest Chipotle in New York City.

While I agree Chipotle will eventually open a Park Slope location, I can guarantee they aren't going to take a 140 seat sit down restaurant that's 3000 square feet.

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Sarabeth's would be beyond fantastic! I'd go to brunch there every weekend!

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

@Tim

Where do you get your info? Straight from Chipotle's stock profile-

"The average restaurant size is about 2,535 square feet. Most of its restaurants also feature outdoor patio space...most of its restaurants also offer a selection of beer and margaritas."

Seems like a good fit to me.

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKen

NYC location are much smaller than the suburban style locations you're referring to. The average is 2535, but in NYC, none are much larger than about 1800 sf. I have yet to see a NYC Chiptole with an outdoor patio. Can you name one?

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTim

I heard Chipotle was looking at a few of the small spaces on 7th Avenue near Union Street. There are a few storefronts for rent there like where La Taqueria used to be and where Yogo Monster used to be. Also heard they are looking at Flatbush Avenue near Barclays which probably makes even more sense than on 7th where rents are just outrageous now.

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterYasmin

Also heard Xian Famous Foods is looking around at spaces.

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterYasmin

How back going back on topic?. Saying Tutta Pasta has been on 7th Ave "for well over a decade" is code for "HPS hasn't lived here very long and can't be bothered to research the answer when the advertiser will buy space anyway."

For the record, Tutta Pasta on 7th was part of a mini-chain (gee that would be newsworthy in context), that started in the Village (still there) and spread to Hoboken (also closed) and arrived here 20 YEARS AGO.

Yeesh

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSantayana

Here's hoping the Epicurean Group (L'Apicio, L'Artusi, dell'anima and Anfora) opens one of their AMAZING Italian restaurants here...one of the owners even lives in the neighborhood!

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPresident Carroll Garfield

Not sure anyone serious and/or intelligent reads these comments, but Chipotle doesn't make much sense for 7th Ave., or really anywhere in the Slope. Chipotle needs a high volume of traffic, especially lunchtime traffic. Not what you get in Park Slope.

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlopeSteven

Park Slope has a huge lunchtime crowd with nearly a thousand people in and out of Methodist Hospital every day. They are precisely the reason places like Just Salad, Pinkberry and Subway stay in business. What makes you think Chipotle is any different than these chains? We have a Mcdonalds in Park Slope, a Duane Reade a Barnes and Noble a couple Starbucks and a host of other chains that require foot traffic. They clearly get it otherwise they would now be closed.

Talk about stupid comments.

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterhenry

No, I think six blocks is too far to be a major draw for hospital workers (although I suppose part of my perception is based on the absurd lunchtime lines for the one on Montague) In any case, I don't think Chiptole is coming to Park SLope. I'll bet you a burrito on it.

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlopeSteven

PS: your reference to non-food chains is irrelevant. As for Pinkberry it's a lower volume, non-lunch rush business model; the McDonalds is on car-oriented 4th Ave, not pedestrian-oriented 7th. Chipotle is also more expensive than smaller Subway, so I don't think you argued your case very well..

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlopeSteven

Actually the Mcdonalds on 4the avenue closed months ago but the one on 9th street remains as it has for years.

Just Salad is more expensive than Chipotle and it seems to do just fine. As does the Starbucks on 7th and the other one a few blocks north in Park Place. Exact same customer base as Chipotle.

You seem rather clueless. Are you new to the neighborhood?

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

There is a Chipotle on the Upper West side at 84th street and broadway. What kind of lunch rush is happening there besides the nannies with strollers?

I see Chipotle's all over suburbia where the lunch crowd is non existent compared to Park Slope.

Does the very expensive Le Pain Quotidien in Park Slope survive from a lunch rush crowd like the ones in Midtown? Nope not at all. Yet we still have one. Since Pinkberry has a lower cost product than Chipotle, they need more customers than Chipotle so that shoots your argument about them down the drain too. It's like you failed Econ 101 yet think you're an expert.

January 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

Henry, you seem to be clueless abut Chipotle's business model. I've been in the slope for 15 years.

January 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlopeSteven

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