Rocket Joe’s Pizza on Delancey is Now Closed for Business
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Rocket Joe’s Pizza, a Lower East Side mainstay since 1992, is no longer with us. The business has been closed of late. Its painted shutters are seemingly drawn for good, the unique neon is dark, and phone calls are greeted with the tri-tone out of service message.
This news isn’t totally surprising, though. We saw the loss coming when real estate listings for 61 Delancey Street began popping up on Craigslist last December. Brokers had been peddling the 450 square-foot Rocket Joe’s for $200,000 in key money and $5,400 per month in rent. No word yet on whether a sale went through, but don’t be shocked to see this address on an upcoming CB3 docket for a liquor license.
Rocket Joe’s never had the best slice in the neighborhood. Not even close. However, it never pretended to be more than it was – a late-night munchies fix.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens next.