Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Exclusive: New owners of John's of 12th Street look to carry on the restaurant's tradition



There are plans for new owners to take over John's of 12th Street, the venerable Italian restaurant that opened here between First Avenue and Second Avenue in 1908.

Judy Anderson, whose late husband, Mike Alpert became a co-owner of John's in 1973 along with Nick Sitnycky, confirmed the news.

"Our accountant, Paul Dauber, a long-time friend and customer of John’s for about 30 years, along with his good friend from childhood days on the Lower East Side, Jan Siegel, are purchasing the restaurant," Anderson said.

Anderson emphasized the importance of new owners keeping the spirit of John's alive.

"Nick and I feel strongly about continuing the legacy of John’s of 12th Street and also ensuring that our long-time employees, some of whom have been with us 30-40 years, remain part of the continuing story of John’s," Anderson said. "There is great mutual affection and respect between Paul and our employees, and we are thrilled that Paul and Jan are enthusiastic about maintaining the character of the restaurant. They assure us that nothing will change, and Nick and I will assist in whatever way we can to be sure that the transition will be seamless."

Dauber and Siegel will appear before the CB3 SLA committee on Aug. 22 for a new liquor license.

"Nick and I plan to be at the Community Board meeting in their support," Anderson said.

In August 2014, a deal to sell John's to a team led by Brett Rasinski, who reopened the revamped Beatrice Inn, ended up not materializing.

Sitnycky and Alpert bought John's from the founding Pucciatti family in 1972. Sitnysky, who grow up on Avenue B, owns the building at 302 E. 12th St. Alpert died on July 13, 2013, at age 71.

Previously on EV Grieve:
About the new ownership for 105-year-old East Village institution John's of 12th Street

Report: Deal for East Village treasure John's of 12th Street is off

Out and About in the East Village with Nick Sitnycky Part 1 and Part 2

The John's of 12th Street documentary premieres next month

Q-and-A with Vanessa McDonnell, director of the John's of 12th Street documentary

22 comments:

Michael Ivan said...

Huzzah! My veal parm fix is safe. Kudos for wines under $30... And a sleeper on the menu, the mushroom sauce over angel hair.

It's a fun parlor trick, tell your dining companions youre clairvoyant and the daily specials will be "avacado bruschetta, burrata, sub dried tomatot raviolio, and branzino with a potato croquette" those specials haven't changed for years.

equilibrist said...

Long may the new owners continue the vegan Italian tradition!

IzF said...

The have the best Fettuccine Alfredo.

PJG said...

Hope the new owners will accept credit cards.

HippieChick said...

What a relief. My chicken parmigiana will go on. Not to mention my fettuccine carbonara and alfredo. Love that they deliver...

Anonymous said...

My clam pie ain't going anywhere, hooray!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place.

Anonymous said...

Please keep the wonderful vegan menu! John's has the best vegan eggplant parm anywhere!

Anonymous said...

fun fact:

Fettuccine Alfredo is an American dish, not a a classic and authentic Italian dish, that has been imported to Italy. If you ever see Fettuccine Alfredo as an item in a restaurant in Italy -- run! Most likely the restaurant is a tourist trap.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the comment about accepting credit cards! I stopped going there years ago because of that !

Hasta la Pasta said...

Actually, fettucine Alfredo is named after it's Italian inventor Alfredo Di Lelio. And it was created in Rome.
Via Wikipedia:

"Alfredo Di Lelio invented the “fettuccine al triplo burro (later named "fettuccine all'Alfredo" or "fettuccine Alfredo") in 1908 in a restaurant run by his mother Angelina in piazza Rosa in Rome (the Piazza disappeared in 1910 following the construction of the Galleria Colonna/Sordi). Alfredo di Lelio later opened his own restaurant “Alfredo” in 1914 on the via della Scrofa in central Rome. The fame of “fettuccine all’Alfredo” spread, first in Rome and then to other countries."

Cacio e Pepe, now that's Roman said...

I beg to differ http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2014-05-12/the-best-food-in-rome

Since when Wikipedia a reliable source?

Regardless, John's is one of the very few remaining red sauce joints in NYC and serves of the best fettuccine alfredo.

Anonymous said...

That comment about John's being a tourist trap is so ignorant. John's is a NEIGHBORHOOD Restaurant that has been a staple for italian food in the area for many many years. Surely, this person is not from NYC!! Love John's!

afbp said...

reading comprehension can avoid a lot of stuff :)

Anonymous said...

Don't be so quick with the ignorant label. @3.04 was referring to restaurants in Rome, not John's!

Scuba Diva said...

I second the wish that they keep the vegan menu items; even Isa Chandra dines at John's!

2nd Avenue Dave said...

Lanza's is (was??) better. Just saying.

God Save Lanza's!

Anonymous said...

I've been worried about John's for twenty plus years. This sounds like a good transfer . . . maybe John's will be around twenty years from now.

Pasta la Vista, baby said...

If you want to get technical about it, pasta was invented in China, so I guess any restaurant that serves pasta in Italy is a tourist trap.

Unknown said...

loved myron and john's back in 1981 and 1982. i mean loved. that man is a sweetheart. and the food probably saved my life more times than once.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Myron was a sweetheart!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, please keep the vegan menu! That's what I keep coming back for.
The vegan pizza and ravioli are superb.

- East Villager