Monday, September 16, 2013

Pino's Saved!

Back in May, we heard the upsetting news that Pino's Prime Meats might be evicted from Sullivan Street after several decades in business. You rallied around, gave support, and signed the petition (over 1,600 signatures). And now there is good news.


photo: Tim Schreier

Pino's son Leo let me know that they have settled the case with the landlord. He said, "Pino's is here to stay. My father is so happy we can stay for the remainder of our five-year lease (hopefully longer)." They are still working on extending their lease, which will end in 2017.

Leo writes, "The store has really become a part of us and the neighborhood. Thank you for all your help! We appreciate the support of our community, friends, and neighbors. We are at a complete loss of words for how grateful we are to everyone who helped keep Pino's a part of the community."

Sometimes, we really can help to keep the city from vanishing. 





13 comments:

IL DIAVLO DI FORMAGGIO said...

holy sh*ttt WE DID IT!!~

I hope some of my blog fans signed too...I blasted it out on mine to help get it out.

#SeriouslyGreatFeeling

Anonymous said...

Sadly, I think you'll be writing the same post about Pino's getting kicked out in 2017.

Think about it from the landlord's perspective...the neighborhood is only going to hyper-gentrify more in the next five years. They are patient. Pino's will be a nice novelty for the newbies for a few years before Whole Foods, another Manhattan Fairway, and Fresh Direct render it obsolete. It might make the nabe seem "quaint" for folks until million dollar studios mean nobody cares about local butchers.

Shawn G. Chittle said...

New blog title: "Jeremiah's Saving New York"

Kyle Campion said...

Great news.

Hopefully one of many more to come.

Wayne Burkey said...

Forgive my sentimentality for I was born and raised in Lower Manhattan and truly lament the wholesale (pun intended) disappearance of the fish markets, bakeries, fruit and vegetable stands, cheese shops, and, yes, meat markets. All of these merchants knew their trade. Yes, I now shop at Whole Foods but there is no real butcher there who can differentiate a certain cut of pork from a cut of beef. Sad. Yes, we have a terrific foodie culture in NYC, but not the same as individual shopkeepers who not only know their business but also their customers (and even their customers' business).

Anonymous said...

Thank god!! We are thrilled to live in a neighborhood where we can continue to happily avoid pre-packaged, artificially preserved chain store meat products. Pino's is always better!

laura said...

theres something about going into a little store, getting what you need & getting out. then you go home, or walk into another little store & do the same. you are outside, on the street, w/fresh air. a large super market is not always convenient. walking all around, sometimes long lines. the help dont care as they dont own it. this is our new world, alienation. walking around a mega store, being trapped inside a space equivilant to 6 square blocks. guess people dont care, as they are texting or talking on the phone while roaming around, & maybe waiting on the long line. not to mention loud annoucements that you hear on a loud speaker. thats progress? no, thats corporate communism.

Lovelynn said...

I am so thrilled to hear that sign a petition actually made a difference! Long live the best dry aged sirloin burgers!

Anonymous said...

Jubilant!

Jeremiah--you were so much a part of making this happen.

Means a lot to thousands of nabe people to have this one of a kind old style family place still in business.

Pat said...

@Wayne Burkey:

Absolutely. A Fairway store opened near me and I recently bought skirt steak. I asked the guy behind the meat counter to slice it for me and when I got it home and cooked it, it was as tough as shoe leather. In Fairway I was asked several times by employees if I needed help. They are overwhelmingly nice. If there is anything I cannot stand, it is nice. Nice won't get your skirt steak cut with the membrane removed and against the grain. To do that, they would need a butcher they would actually have to pay real money to.

laura said...

progress is cutting your own steak. get it? the rich have a chef @ home. the little people have to workworkwork from dawn to dusk. the very little people go to mc donalds. thats the system, get it???

June Jacobs said...

so glad that Pino's will remain! Hopefully for as long as they wish to do so.

Rigel said...

I blogged this guy at the beginning of last year. Regardless of any preferences (or not) for meat, it's important to understand the importance of this man's artisanal skill and the family tradition that is living on. Congratulations!
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