Park Slope's Two Boots Closing, Will Reopen as New Restaurant
PARK SLOPE — After 24 years in business, Two Boots is hanging up its spurs.
The Cajun and Italian restaurant on Second Street and Seventh Avenue left Park Slopers crying on their Bayou Beast pizzas after announcing suddenly that Nov. 10 will be its last day.
Co-owners Piper and Andy Wandzilak said in a Facebook post that Two Boots was closing because their partner, John Touhey, was retiring.
"We all thank you for your love and support," the Wandzilaks wrote. "For us, this place has been like a home away from home, and we know it's been the same for many of you."
But the restaurant will be reborn "in the months to come" with "the same warm welcome and relaxed party atmosphere," according to the post.
Andy Wandzilak did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
Wandzilak, who launched Hurricane Sandy relief kitchen that ran for months after the storm, told the Brooklyn Paper that the next version of Two Boots will serve "Southern-themed cuisine minus the Italian influence and host more music and an expanded bar without shutting out kids entirely."
It was Two Boots' family-friendly vibe that made it a mainstay dining option in Park Slope.
"Never mind Talde, Al di La, Convivium, or any of the johnny-come-latelies," wrote one stricken commenter on F'ed in Park Slope, which first reported the closure. "Two Boots was one of the original Park Slope restaurants. Our children grew up on the steps leading to the window of the kitchen, playing with pizza dough as we enjoyed a glass of wine or beer."
A commenter on Facebook lamented, "Now where are we going to eat? Harper and her parents will miss you all so dearly. It's hard to express how much we have appreciated the warmth and feeling of being family when we walk in the door."