By COLlive reporter
Kingston Pizza in Crown Heights, a staple eatery on Kingston Avenue that is an attraction for locals and visitors alike, was sold and will be changing owners at the end of the week.
Running the only pizza shop on the neighborhood’s main street, Shloime Lehrer has served thousands of residents, tourists, shluchim and their families, and visitors in the years that he has owned and operated the restaurant.
Lehrer recently sold the restaurant to Crown Heights entrepeneur Itzik Benabou, owner of Empire Kosher, Kol Tuv and other grocery stores in Crown Heights.
“I want to say goodbye to all my loyal customers from the past 18 years,” Lehrer told COLlive.com.
“These years have been an amazing success, with our thousands of customers coming back year after year, with their families and friends.”
To celebrate his final week at 395 Kingston Avenue before handing over the keys to the new owner, Lehrer is offering pizza pies for $12 instead of the usual $18.
“I welcome all my customers to come and say goodbye,” he said.
As for the future of the restaurant, “the store will remain in operation as usual for now,” Lehrer says, but says that Benabou has plans to expand and upgrade in the near future.
Benabou was not available for comment.