Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop Gone After 21 Years

Posted on: December 11th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Another longtime Lower East Side favorite from the nineties is gone.

Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop is the latest footnote in the story of the coronavirus lockdown, officially closed after twenty-one years at the southwest corner of Rivington and Norfolk Streets.

It exited with naught but a whimper. No farewells, images, or words of reminisce on the way out. First, a letter about “renovations.” Then deposed sign, drawn gate and tombstone leasing banner.

Founded by Frannie Mar-chese and Lisa Gartner in 1999 (also behind Welcome to the Johnsons), Tiny’s quickly became a neighborhood staple. Their food was fresh and simple, distinguished as “food for everyone.” Ten years later, the shop passed the milestone of one million sandwiches sold. There were several management changes over the years – the latest in late 2017 – but little changed.

The old sign, June 2011

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