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Brooklyn Nibbles: Boerum Hill Food Co. To Be Planet Wings!!!

December 8th, 2008 · 10 Comments

There is bad news and more bad news about the sudden closing of the Boerum Hill Food Company on Smith Street. First, there’s the news from commenters and readers that says that it happened with no warning whatsoever to employees. (Also there is some vitriol from people who say they were sick of the place because it had become an exclusive club for the Stroller Mafia.) Here’s the money quote with the all the news:

Truth is people Saul and Lisa sold the spot to Planet Wings because the money was right and didnt tell any employee til that day..Merry Christmas to all. It just goes to show what pillars of the community these people are and how much they truely care.

And a little more info:

Yes another one bites the dust, 3 weeks before christmas to boot. Its sad that Saul and Lisa decided to sell out to a chain like planet wings after unsuccesfully managing boerum hill food company for so many years. Yes no one want to see Sauls closed, but to use a tired quote arrogance and ignorance are a deadly combination and Saul and Lisa thought they could tell their community of regulars what was best for them and now the community has to pay the price.

The neighboring Saul’s will soldier on, but as for this space: Planet Wings! Yet another magnificent development on Smith Street.

Tags: Boerum Hill · Brooklyn Nibbles

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 throwbot // Dec 8, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Planet Wings is based in the Hudson Valley. They’ve expanded pretty rapidly over the past couple of years, though I don’t know if they are in the 5 boroughs yet.

  • 2 alan // Dec 8, 2008 at 11:58 am

    this is gut-wrenching news

  • 3 The Day John Lennon Died - City Room Blog - NYTimes.com // Dec 8, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    […] vanished without any warning, even to its employees. It seems as though Saul’s restaurant will have a wing joint as its new neighbor. [Gowanus […]

  • 4 Katie // Dec 8, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Boo 🙁
    Miriam on Court also closed. It was a sad brunch yesterday.

  • 5 mag // Dec 8, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    glad i read this before making our annual holiday dinner reservations….
    thanks saul & lisa for being a part of the community…. hope being greedy pays off.

  • 6 anon // Dec 8, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Maybe the Planet Wings offer was too good to pass up and maybe operating two restaurants became an emotional drain and Saul wanted to spend more time with his family. It might have just got to the point where it wasn’t worthwhile. I hope they made enough money to pay their kids’ college tuitions.

  • 7 Anonymous // Dec 8, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Eww. Where are all those wings comming from? The poultry hack house on Columbia Street? Yes, Miriams is gone. Sad. Shalome.

  • 8 Anonymous // Dec 9, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Planet Wings has locations in S.I. and the Bronx.
    It is a franchise – so place being ‘sold’ to PW is dubious claim. Saul doensn’t own the building – the most he could be doing is subletting for rest of his lease (if he does have one).

  • 9 sewgoodnbklyn // Dec 30, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    My friend and I were incredulous when they told us they took their burger off the menu. I thought their burger was the best in the nabe. We both said the end is near. RIP.

  • 10 fred krughoff // Jan 10, 2009 at 8:17 am

    It was after all a business, but I will miss it. Since moving to brooklyn in 2003 I have eaten there twice a week, even got my photo in a book on cafes eating there.

    The menu was recently diminished, but I loved the place anyway… Thanks for every breakfast and lunch!!!