Goodfellas Pizzeria Removes Kebab Signage

Posted on: March 2nd, 2011 at 6:39 am by

Amidst the conversion from pita to pizza, 144 Orchard Street finally lost all connection to its former tenant.  Sometime yesterday, that familiar glowing green signage of Kebab House II was pried from the metallic marquee. The takedown transpired one year after the late-night snack spot closed.  We definitely did a double-take after passing.

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But let’s take a New York Minute to absorb the ghost signage uncovered after all these years.  The faint outline of past lettering is still legible through the glare – Leather Corner.

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As previously reported, the Staten Island-based Goodfellas Brick Oven Pizza is opening another parlor at 144 Orchard. Yet unlike the Shaolin location, this new outpost will likely be dry.  Community Board 3 denied their application for a wine and beer license last month for being in a resolution area.  Nevertheless, a sneak peak through a gap in the brown paper reveals an interior that’s nearly ready.  The floors are tiled and select kitchen equipment is already installed, including the brick oven.

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For what it’s worth, Goodfellas recently won first place at the Pizza Expo in Las Vegas.  Should Rosario’s be shaking in its bootstraps?

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