As if there weren’t enough pizza places opening in the East Village… along comes a shop which we could really use: Papa John’s! Not.
Whatever research they did to determine that the East Village was a good place to open a new location could not have been thorough. There are more than a dozen better quality places within two blocks of where they are opening — on 1st Avenue between 12th Street and 13th Street.
I know that sometimes chains open “flagship” stores that lose money or break even. If this is a case of setting up shop simply to get their name out, it’s understandable. But with places like Luzzo’s and Vinny Vincez’s across the street, there’s no way that Papa John’s will turn a profit.
For more information check out this article from EV Grieve.