Scarr’s Pizza and Speedy Romeo Temporarily Shutter Amidst COVID-19 Shutdown

Posted on: March 24th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Two popular Lower East Side pizzerias are shutting down for the time being, while the city continues to reel from the COVID-19 outbreak.

Scarr’s Pizza announced last Friday that the Orchard Street pizza parlor is down for the duration.

Speedy Romeo delivered the news on Sunday, also via Instagram, that the Clinton Street restaurant was temporarily closing. However, the original Brooklyn locale is still fulfilling takeout and delivery orders.

Both Scarr’s and Speedy Romeo LES had spent the first week of the shutdown serving customers as permitted by the city mandate.

As for Scarr’s, no word just yet on how this will affect plans to open a larger location across the street at 35 Orchard.

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As you all know Covid-19 has demanded all restaurants to shudder or resort to delivery only.  Unfortunately we had to lay off the 95% of our staff during these troubling times.  Speedy Romeo started to build roots in Clinton Hill Brooklyn in 2012 and in the Lower East Side in 2016.  We are so grateful for all the support you have given us through out the years and helping us create an institution in NYC. Our staff is in dire need of help.  We look forward to the day when our doors are open to the public again but in these uncertain times, your continued support would be so gratefully appreciated. We did everything we could to take care of our 50 employees after layoffs, and of course, it's going to be far from enough. Please help us reach our goal. 100% of donations go directly to our team. If you can give something in this time, it would mean the world to all of us. The link is in our bio. If you can or can not give, please share this post with others to help us spread the word. Stay Safe! Love, Team Speedy ❤️

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