BUSHWICK — A local Polish deli known for its 85-cent homemade pierogies is closing up shop and headed out West.
Starr Deli co-owner Ewa Swiader said Wednesday that she and her husband are selling the business that's dished up the popular dumplings at 207 Starr St. for the past seven years.
Though the couple told Bushwick Daily in September that the deli was struggling to make ends meet, Swiader said the main impetus for selling was her newfound love for California.
Her son recently moved to West Hollywood to work as a fashion designer, and Swiader loved it when she visited. She now plans to move there in February, with the shop closing in two weeks.
"I'm going to like it," Swiader said. "There are flowers. It's not cold. There are very very nice people."
Swiader and her husband moved to New York from Poland about 14 years ago.
Starr Deli offers typical bodega fare like beverages, chips and sandwiches, but it was known for serving Polish food, including pierogies, soup and kielbasa.
Swiader doesn't care much for the bodega items and prefers to focus on Polish cuisine. She might even open a restaurant in California that focuses on just the Polish food, she said.
"All [my son's] friends liked the soup and the pierogi," she said with a laugh.
Starr Deli still has two years left on its lease, with a monthly rent of $2,200, Swiader said. She's currently searching for a new tenant to take over the space.
All the items in the store, including its kitchen equipment and display cases, are for sale.