Roberta’s is getting Pizzagate threats: “you are going to bleed and be tortured”

If you haven’t been keeping up with the literally insane and baseless Pizzagate saga, it seems to be escalating. Now Roberta’s is the latest to get caught up in the madness:

A worker at the popular pizza joint Roberta’s received death threats after rumors spread on YouTube and Twitter that it was connected to Pizzagate — the fake-news conspiracy theory claiming Hillary Clinton was running a child abuse ring out of a Washington, D.C., pizzeria. [Read more…]

Cassette closes, Leuca is now open for lunch & breakfast, Michelins awarded


RIP #cassette #Greenpoint

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Well that was quick. The Kickstarter-owned cafe never really got its footing and will now become an event space:

After a magical year serving the greenpoint community, we are sadly closing our doors for regular service. thank you for supporting us and being a part of our lives. [Read more…]

Let the history books show: It was Adrian Grenier who “Pioneered” Williamsburg

adrianWhen the next book about the history of New York City is written there will need to be one important update: Adrian Grenier “Pioneered” Williamsburg. From [Read more…]

Jennifer Aniston visits Bushwick and Mick Jagger spotted in Greenpoint

Joining a long list of celebrities including Beyonce, Jay-Z and Bill Clinton, Jennifer Anniston had a meal at Roberta’s last night:

A-lister Jennifer Aniston, the ultimate Friends star, the stripper/mother from Meet The Millers and an unforgettable sex-hungry boss from Horrible Bosses, made an appearance in Bushwick/East Williamsburg yesterday at around 8 p.m. She was headed for Roberta’s, tells us Jesse Hover, who posted a video of the star on Twitter. [Read more…]

Roberta’s is taking over the kitchen at Williamsburg’s Isa next week


From Eater:

The team behind Bushwick hit Roberta’s is taking over Taavo Somer’s Isa starting next week. From March 14 until the 20, the Roberta’s crew will be serving the restaurant’s wood-fired pizzas at 348 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg. “After four and a half years we look forward to this shake up,” says Somer. “We urge all of our neighbors, friends and guests to join us for pizza.” [Read more…]

Roberta’s is doing a “Kitchen Takeover” at Humboldt & Jackson this week


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John Stewart would be appalled, but the menu is focused on deep dish-style pizza:

On Friday’s debut, the kitchen had sold out of the 150 pies they’d allocated for the evening by 6:30 p.m., just an hour and a half after the pop-up began at 5 p.m. It’s no surprise that anything by Roberta’s draws a crowd, and these pies are most definitely worth ducking out of work a few minutes early. Pizza expert Adam Kuban described Detroit-style pizza as having “perimeter of crisp, almost-fried cheese” and that’s definitely the case here. The crust also has a puffier, focaccia-like texture but with a more buttery consistency. Because of the richness of the crust and style, we thought the red sauce versions of the pies had a slight edge over their white sisters, which were richer by-and-large. [Read more…]

Roberta’s is being sued for unpaid overtime

robertasRoberta’s, Bushwick’s most famous restaurant is being sued by a long time employee for failure to pay overtime wages. From [Read more…]

Roberta’s owners in bitter fight – try to have one partner arrested


Our friends over at Roberta’s aren’t playing nice. The restaurant, which has a net worth in the millions, is looking to expand and one of its three partners Chris Parachini isn’t happy. With a “pending deal” in Asia and plans to open a restaurant on the premises of a new Ace Hotel on the Lower East Side,  partners Brandon Hoy and Carlo Mirarchi tried to buy Parachini out last year over financial disagreements. It didn’t go well:

The food fight started in December when partners Brandon Hoy and Carlo Mirarchi fired the co-founder of the Bushwick pizza mecca, Chris Parachini, over disagreements about expansion that led to buyout negotiations.

The talks broke down when Parachini turned his nose up at a $2 million offer to purchase his 25 percent share in the company. Parachini’s counter-offer was $2.9 million for Roberta’s and its spinoffs including a restaurant in the Rockaways and another $2.5 million for intellectual property. [Read more…]