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Little Italy’s Avella Dairy cheese shop closing down

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Information of this enterprise closure actually stinks!

Little Italy’s Alleva Dairy, which payments itself as America’s oldest cheese store, is closing down after falling behind on hire in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After a outstanding 130 years, my beloved Alleva Dairy will not be on the nook of Mulberry and Grand Avenue in Little Italy, New York,’” proprietor Karen King instructed The Put up Tuesday.

“I used to be actually hoping that at the present time would by no means come and it’s a tragic one.”

Allevia was in Chapter 11 chapter after accumulating about $628,00 dollars in back rent because the begin of the pandemic.

King mentioned she and the owner finally reached an settlement releasing her of the store’s substantial monetary debt so long as she vacates the Little Italy spot subsequent month.

Alleva Dairy’s final day on its Little Italy nook, the place it was established in 1892, will likely be March 5, King mentioned.


Alleva Dairy is located at 188 Grand Street in Little Italy NYC.
Alleva Dairy has been at its 188 Grand Avenue spot since 1892.
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“My retailer is the oldest cheese store in America and the heartbeat of Little Italy. We’re a New York establishment,” King mentioned.

The longstanding cheese connoisseur has not solely drawn generations of households to its lengthy menu of Italian delicacies, contemporary mozzarella, ricotta, cured meats and cannoli’s, however Alleva’s Dairy was additionally recognized to draw well-known faces from around the globe.

Leah Remini, Michael Imperioli, Alice Cooper and Joey Reynolds are just some of Alleva’s movie star clients. Comic Sebastian Maniscalco was an enormous fan of the store’s sausage and peppers and negotiation skilled Herb Cohen was recognized to follow his craft within the retailer.

“It’s a loss. It’s unhappy {that a} retailer like that has to go underneath. Alleva was an incredible retailer. It was all concerning the meals,” Actor Chaz Palminteri, who frequented Alleva Dairy when he was in Little Italy, instructed The Put up Tuesday.


Karen King, owner of Alleva Dairy-Cheese store, posing in front of her business Alleva Dairy-Cheese store.
Proprietor Karen King mentioned the “pandemic devastated my enterprise.”
Christopher Sadowski

“The place appeared the identical for over 100 years. How can it not be there after so a few years?”

Palminteri mentioned his two Italian eating places in Manhattan and White Plains took “large hits” from the COVID pandemic, however are thankfully nonetheless standing.

The mozzarella service provider started struggling to make its $23,756 monthly hire funds in the course of the early months of the worldwide disaster as enterprise slowed considerably from each particular person clients and native eateries.

Alleva strived to dig itself out of the opening, however couldn’t sustain with its landlord’s calls for. In April 2022, Jerome G. Stabile III Realty filed a swimsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court docket asking permission to evict the store in the event that they had been unable to repay its money owed.


A pile of cheese in the store window.
Avella Dairy’s final day on its Little Italy nook will likely be March 5, King mentioned.
Christopher Sadowski

King did every part in her energy to maintain the historic cheese store open, together with reducing employees pay and begging the federal government for assist.

“I’ve written letters extensively to Senators and authorities officers. We met with the Governor’s workplace and acquired lip service,” King mentioned. “Chinatown acquired cash. A museum throughout the road from me acquired 1,000,000 {dollars}. My query is, when are companies like mine going to get their fair proportion?”

“The pandemic devastated my enterprise,” King explains.

Despite the gut-wrenching loss, King is wanting towards the way forward for the infamous cheese store.

“I’ve plans to open a brand new location and proceed the Alleva legacy,” King mentioned. “I wish to thank everybody for his or her love and assist.”