Report: Mediterranean Fave Balaboosta to Shutter End of May
Balaboosta, the pioneering Middle Eastern restaurant in Little Italy, is less than two months from going belly up.
Chef-owner Einat Admony announced the news to the media world earlier this week. She and business partner Stefan Nafziger will reportedly shutter the eatery for good at the end of May. However, the duo is actively seeking a new location.
Balaboosta, the Yiddish word for “the perfect homemaker,” debuted at 214 Mulberry Street back in 2010. In the end, it was an “increase in operational costs and recent changes in the neighborhood” (code for escalating rents?) that led to this imminent closure.
“The neighborhood is saturated, and there are so many Israeli restaurants now,” she told the New York Times, adding that “business has fallen off a bit.”
Meanwhile, Admony’s Taim falafel empire will retain the cornershop at Spring and Mulberry Streets. In fact, the franchise is booming, with three new locations planned.