Jan. 17, 2019 By Christian Murray
Construction workers were emptying out a popular pizzeria on Austin Street today.
A&J Pizza, which has been located at 71-37 Austin St. for nearly four decades, has closed, with construction workers gutting the location and throwing its contents into a dumpster.
A poster is plastered on the pizzeria’s window that notes the store was repossessed by the landlord, dated Jan. 14. The owner of the eatery could not be reached for comment.
The pizzeria is located next door to the now shuttered Hallmark, which closed around Christmas. The former Hallmark owner put up a sign that is still up that reads: “Thank you for the 22 years of support.”
The pizzeria is located in an odd-shaped building that once housed the dry-cleaning store Maryfield Cleaners at 107-10 71st Rd.
The drycleaner, which had been located on 71st Road for 18 years, moved after an agreement could not be reached with the landlord as to the rent.
The property was listed for sale in July 2018 for $9.8 million. The property hasn’t been sold based on city records.