Fine & Schapiro, the Kosher restaurant at 138 West 72nd Street, has closed its doors for good after 93 years in the same location, according to the general manager of the building where it is located.
“They had two years left on their lease. Business was slow. Because of their age and bad health, they decided to close. That’s the story,” said Joe Kizner, manager of the building, on Tuesday. Our attempts to contact the restaurant’s owners and staff members have not been successful, but Lana Taubes (a member of the ownership family) wrote “time to say goodbye to our dearest customers” on Facebook.
A sign went up at Fine & Schapiro last month saying it was closed for renovations, but tipsters quickly began to send notes that they had heard it was closed. Manhattan Sideways, a site that promotes small business, also said that they had heard it closed.
Fine & Schapiro was apparently the oldest Kosher restaurant in New York City, according to Huffington Post.
“In the 1920’s and 1930’s as large communities of European and Russian immigrants migrated to the Upper West Side of Manhattan, food shops catering to their cultural preferences followed in droves. Fifty years later, a widespread gentrification in this neighborhood dramatically changed the landscape, and Fine & Schapiro was one of only a handful of businesses to survive. In fact, it is the only authentic kosher deli in the twenty-five block stretch from Columbus Circle to West 86th Street.”
While it was no longer as popular as it was during its heyday, Fine & Schapiro still roasted its meat on premises and drew locals as well as tourists who flocked to a New York landmark.