Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Brooklyn Piggies has closed



Smorgasburg vendors Brooklyn Piggies, which sells hand-rolled pigs in a blanket, have apparently closed its first brick-and-mortar storefront at 195 Avenue A near East 12th Street.

For rent signs are up … there's no mention of the closure on the various Piggy social media properties.

You may still order piggy platters online.

Brooklyn Piggies opened in January. Guess we now know the answer to this question that we posed then:

Biscuits on one side of Avenue A ... and pigs in a blanket on the other. Who will win this single-food late-night throwdown?

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

I walk by Vampire Biscuits everyday and there's hardly anyone in there. I suspect Beardo and Perma Grin are being parentally funded because they aren't staying in business with sales.

Anonymous said...

Didn't see that one coming! No one ever there, closed half the time, inexplicably calling themselves "Brooklyn" on Avenue A as if that confers some sort of cachet, five years late to the odious bacon trend!

good riddance you ridiculous people

Anonymous said...

Pigs in a blanket is something I eat once every 10 years at a party and then have a laugh about how I ate pigs in a blanket. I don't seek out restaurants or takeout places serving them. I suspect they didn't do any market research in the neighborhood before they opened this place. My guess is that people weren't dying for a "piggies" joint.

NOTORIOUS said...

Labeling something Brooklyn in 2014 is like calling your product Extreme in 2000. It's played out as hell. At this point I go out of my way to not buy any food or beverage with the word Brooklyn on it, which, if you've shopped at Commodities lately, is no small feat.

Anonymous said...

Shocking. As it turns out, pigs in a blanket are not something people want to eat on any regular basis.

Shawn G. Chittle said...

"Grand opening, grand closing!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zwABievfNw

Anonymous said...

How about a place to get a fuckin' normal sandwich? There's a novel idea.

Anonymous said...

These foodies live in a bubble and think the neighborhood will embrace stupid shit like an all-lollipop menu. Go the fuck home.

Gojira said...

Why did you take down my comment that you posted earlier?!?

EV Grieve said...

Hi Gojira,

I didn't remove your comment… or any other comment on this post

Anonymous said...

If some one is desperate for pigs in a blanket, they can always go to Whole Foods on 14th Street. The reality is that these trendy food emporiums are just that trendy. There doesn't seem to be a reality requirement for opening a food store (like restaurants the most precarious of endeavors). Yes, a decent sandwich store with a reasonably price soup would be nice. Yes I mean a swipe at the overpriced and overhyped Brodo.

Anonymous said...

I always hope that things like this are the start of a downward trend in this fucking ridiculous youth-oriented foodie culture we've been subject to for the last 10 years or so. But just when I think it's all coming to an end something else pops up that rains on my parade. That's the way things seem to be in the 21st century. Things like stupid food trends, and stupid pop stars go beyond their allotted '15 minutes' and end up lasting 10 years. Go figure.

All I know is that it's time for a change. There's got to be some intelligent people out there somewhere to counter this nonsense.

Anonymous said...

You guys need to stop hating on people just trying to start a business... regardless of how impractical the idea is.

In regards the pigs in a blanket. They were actually really nice, way to expensive, but nice. But as a few other people have said, it is a once in a decade thing. So I am not to sure who thought this was a good idea to invest in. Just like Empire, there just isnt the market for it.

Anonymous said...

I won't eat at any of the new restaurants. What's the point? The second you like it, they'll either go under or the landlord will price them out. Thankfully we still have places like Johns where you can get a normal, Italian dinner and a space that feels like New York and not a gummi bear kiosk.

Anonymous said...

I love this blog so much, but I always end up kicking myself when I read the comments. I have never seen a more negative, cynical, jaded, whiny bunch of old complainers. "Nonsense"? "Go the fuck home"? Why were you all so offended by this? Do you hate joy that much?

Sure, using the name "Brooklyn" was silly, but was that really hurting anyone? This was the exact type of store that makes me glad to live here - something small and unique and well-designed that doesn't exist anywhere else, certainly not the suburbs.

I used to stop here occasionally (I guess not often enough) on the way home from work and have a delicious snack. Where is the harm in that? You all complain about the big chain stores, but then you complain about these little gems, too? There's only room in New York City for the one exact store YOU want? This will probably be replaced by a @%*$&! TD Bank now, thanks a lot.

Anonymous said...

10:39: I hate pig slaughterers with cutesy names a whooole lot. I'm really really REALLY glad this ridiculous store went bust and I laugh my ass off at the people who come out now all butthurt that we didn't want you. Go back to the Flea.

Big Brother said...

People offering critical views other than your own are not old. Even you state your demand for crepes was not enough to keep this niche business afloat. See, we can all agree on something.

Anonymous said...

LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!!!!

Giovanni said...

Brooklyn Piggies? I still can't decide if the name is making fun of their former customers, the slaughhtered pigs they gleefully served to the few customers gullible enough to overpay for the privilege, or both.

I'm getting tired hearing so much ageism from all these yunguns. I guess they never plan on getting "old" which explains their strange eating habits and lack of personal hygiene.

Notice how almost never hear these youngsters complain that their favorite places (like DeRobertis) are disappearing since apparently they were all born yesterday and haven't been here long enough to have any favorite places?

Yet a phony overpriced narrow-concept neo-foodie gyp joint designed to pry the maximum number of dollars from their skinny-jean pockets closes down and suddenly we are all supposed to be sad about it?

Pigs get slaughhtered for their personal enjoyment and they're just fine with that, but a geographically mis-named shop that helps slaughter the pigs gets shut down due to lack of interest and customers, and this is the tragedy?

But not to worry, coming soon to this location is another narrow concept foodie joint to satisfy all your limited needs. Here's a short list of the contenders:

The Fruitcake Factory
Eggnog Express
Empire Liverwurst
Just Lettuce
Marshmallow Hut
Fluffernutter House
The Broccoli King
Nutellamania

Now I'm going to eat my vegan hazelnut cranberry roast and some nice hot mashed potatoes. Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

When does the Sour Patch Kids restaurant open?!?!

NOTORIOUS said...

Giovanni, you never disappoint. Just Lettuce lol.

Big Brother said...

I just got back from Tea Baggers! It's that new tea cafe on the Upper West Side of Tompkins Square Park. They serve nothing but handcrafted, organic, vegan, gluten-free, antibiotic tea, all of which begin with the letter T and the male waiters tea bag you on the way out! #tea #omg #balls

IzF said...

Oh Giovanni you make me laugh laugh laugh…..

Anonymous said...

Y'all know that Anon 10:39 has a point.

"You all complain about the big chain stores, but then you complain about these little gems, too? There's only room in New York City for the one exact store YOU want? This will probably be replaced by a @%*$&! TD Bank now, thanks a lot."

For myself, I never had a bite there because I went in one day wanting to buy one, just one. But no, you had to buy at least three. This was like a month after it opened. That says it all about how some people just don't know how to build a business.

Anonymous said...

We complain about DUMB stores "run" by people who open late and close early (I live on the block, I would know), selling juvenile "concept" food that absolutely no one needs.

You'll notice that there are three non-chain stores surrounding the former Brooklyn Piggies space (I can barely type such a silly name with a straight face BTW): Ost Cafe, Gabay's Outlet, and Mikey Likes It ice cream. I doubt you'd hear complaining if any of these three shops decided to expand into the Piggies space. They're all well-liked and frequented by the neighborhood. So the idea that we're all just sitting here waiting for every single small business to fail is ludicrous.

And the TD Bank comment is likewise preposterous unless major banks are suddenly opening in closet-sized retail spots.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to Tea Baggers!!!

NOTORIOUS said...

Tea Baggers sounds awesome but my new favorite restaurant is Floss. Floss is the new foodie go-to on Upper Mid-West 6th Street South that serves nothing but hand-crafted food freshly removed from the teeth and gums of Chef Brandon Missouri and served on - you guessed it - floss! The menu changes daily!

Anonymous said...

Small business for the small-minded and pretentious. It caters to the small crowd of foodie trendsetters mostly whom are transients and tourists.

Why did Benny's Burritos and De Robertis and Yaffa Cafe and others lasted for years? They cater to the neighborhood. But then again, EV is now a neighborhood of transients, where the newcomers only last for 3 years tops and do nothing but consume esp. feel special by consuming the latest trend.

Yeah, this and the biscuit place are mom-and pop stores alright -- funded by mom and pop. If only a Crakcer Barrell or Waffle House open up in that place, it'll be like y'all never left the South.