Grimaldi's Line

[Photograph: Adam Kuban]

Holy. Crap. According to the Wall Street Journal, it looks like Brooklyn's Grimaldi's is in some serious sauce:

The owner of the Brooklyn eatery—a perennial atop the city's best pizza joints—has received eviction papers after falling behind on rent and city taxes. On Friday, the landlord will ask a state Supreme Court judge in Brooklyn to throw out her famous tenant.

"Our client has just had enough," said Darryl Vernon, the attorney for Dorothy Waxman, of Parkland, Fla. Tenant Frank Ciolli still owes her about $44,000, Mr. Vernon said. "Somehow," he added, "those lines out the door aren't leading to our client getting paid her rent."

Oh, snap, Darryl Vernon.

Mr. Ciolli's attorney says the Grimaldi's side has paid back rent and has arranged a $38,000 security deposit, but Ciolli has lost the right to renew his lease in 2011, "even if things go his way in court."

Readers here should note that Grimaldi's founder and namesake Patsy Grimaldi no longer has anything to do with the Brooklyn location; the Douglaston, Queens, branch; or any of the Grimaldi's in Texas, Arizona, Nevada, or Florida.

I know Grimaldi's is a love-hate thing. How 'bout it? If Grimaldi's closes, will you miss it?

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