The Buildings Department yesterday put the kibosh on plans by the world-famous pizzeria to move into a larger space next door after learning that its operators quietly installed a coal-fired brick oven at the new site without approval.
Grimaldi’s wants to keep up with a new pizza joint heading to its current space at 19 Old Fulton Street in DUMBO, which will be run by pizza king Patsy Grimaldi.
As the Post reported Friday, the 80-year-old pizza legend is coming out of retirement to take over his old coal-fired cooker and the rest of the soon-to-be vacant Grimaldi’s space. The door was left open after landlord Mark Waxman opted to boot Frank Ciolli — who bought the tourist hotspot from Grimaldi in 1998 — once Ciolli’s lease expires at month’s end over a bitter rent dispute. (read more at NY Post)