PARK SLOPE — Sandwich lovers suffered a double blow this week with the sudden closure of two side-by-side spots known for their bread and meat concoctions.
Bierkraft announced on Instagram that it's closed for renovations, though the local blog Here's Park Slope noted that the store's website and Twitter account have both been taken down, leading many to worry that Bierkraft is closed for good.
There was no answer at the store's phone number and Bierkraft's owners could not be reached immediately for comment on Tuesday. No renovation permits have been issued recently for the space, according to Department of Buildings records.
Bierkraft has been in business for 13 years and sells a mind-boggling array of bottled beers from around the world, as well as beers on tap that customers can take away in growlers. There's also a sandwich counter that serves up creations such as the Italiano, which is made with house-roasted ham.
Right next door, Zito's Sandwich Shoppe is closing after selling its space at 195 Fifth Ave., the owners wrote on Twitter Monday. "We sold out. Took the cash and ran...Not sure what happened with our neighbors. Wish them well," Zito's tweeted, referring to Bierkraft.
Though Bierkraft and Zito's are right next door to each other, they're in two separate buildings with two different owners, according to a woman who answered the phone at Kotsonis Management, the landlord for Zito's.
Zito's will be replaced by an Indian resturant, the sandwich shop said on Twitter.
Zito's opened its first location on Seventh Avenue in 2011, but that store closed in 2013. The space is still empty and a fan suggested on Twitter that Zito's could move back to its old Seventh Avenue spot, but Zito's replied that the $12,000 monthly rent was too high. Zito's still has a Bay Ridge shop.