Pala Pizza Seized After 11 Years on Allen Street
Death paid a visit to Pala this week in the form of City Marshals. The eleven-year-old pizzeria was seized and returned to the landlord on Tuesday.
As for the restaurant itself, the furnishings and interior are still intact. Packed up for the night never to reopen.
The Pala pizzeria opened on this upper stretch of Allen Street back in 2006, two full years before the Thompson LES hotel (now known as Sixty LES) even opened. The establishment, which offered a variety of vegan and gluten-free options, weathered the storm for more than a decade. There was also a subsequent renovation in 2012 to spruce things up a bit.
This one-story property is owned by Allen Orchard LLC, one of Serge Hoyda’s shell companies.
Coincidentally, the seizure of Pala happened in tandem with the extensive renovation work happening at Hoyda’s other property next door. As previously reported, the landlord is completely transforming 198 Allen Street (aka 177 East Houston), including an application to alter the Certificate of Occupancy to legally permit a monster nightclub by The Line Group. (Their proposal was shot down by Community Board 3 earlier this month.) You’ll recall, also, that Sugar Cafe went out of business three months ago.
Meanwhile, the Pala Pizza website is inactive. There is an unofficial Facebook page which shows happy diners eating here last week.