The enduring tug of war over DUMBO’s Grimaldi’s Pizza is heating up again, this time over its coal ovens.
Frank Ciolli, who purchased the Grimaldi’s name for $500,000 in 1998, charges pizza legend Patsy Grimaldi with illegally installing a coal brick oven at 19 Old Fulton Street. But there’s more to the tiff: After a decade in retirement, Grimaldi, 81, plans to open Juliana’s, a new pizza joint in the same building where he used to rent in DUMBO—next door to Ciolli’s pizzeria.
“He’s stealing my goodwill. How dare he move into the same location,” Ciolli told the New York Daily News. He’s sued to block Juliana’s from opening, citing a non-compete clause. Grimaldi contends the agreement expired three years ago. Meanwhile, the Grimaldi family says its coal oven is merely being refurbished. Read the Daily News story here.
Photo: Gina Peluso and staff at Grimaldi’s on Fulton St. in DUMBO/NYDN)