According to Karasakalides, landlords Chris and Donna Siafakes — who are also the owners of iconic Greenpoint doughnut shop Peter Pan — haven’t given him a lease in five years, making it impossible to plan for the future of the business. He says that while Siafakes raised the rent from $2,900 to $11,000 a month five years ago, it’s the refusal to offer a commitment and a lease — more than the cost — that’s forced him to close down.
Donna Siafakas, reached at Peter Pan this morning, says she’s evicting Karasakalides and is taking him to court over three months of back rent, water bills, taxes, and the cost of paying off a department of buildings fine allegedly incurred when Karasakalides took a wall down without their permission. In total, Siafakas claims she is owed $100,000. “It hurts me to see that store close,” she says. She plans to fix up the building, potentially expanding into the backyard and adding another level for apartments, when the restaurant closes.
For their part, the Karasakalides deny that they owe Siafakas any money, and say the building violation is unrelated to anything they’ve done.
At least we have some good news. Taqueria Diana is now open in Williamsburg at 367 Metropolitan Ave. The popular mini-chain already has three locations (East Village, Hell’s Kitchen, Lower East Side) and is known for their simple fare and mezcal cocktails.