Motorino’s Williamsburg Location Closed for Good

What will become of the oven?
What will become of the oven? Photo: Marcelo Gomes

It’s a sad day for pizza: The Department of Buildings has apparently decided the building that houses Motorino at 319 Graham Avenue in Williamsburg is unsafe owing to structural issues. As a result, the two-and-a-half-year-old trailblazing pizza place has closed for good. Eater has a statement from chef-owner Mathieu Palombino, who says the building was in fact closed by the city, adding that the “stupidity of our landlord is a force we were not able to overcome.” Palombino also says he promises that Motorino will “re-open soon in a new location.” Very sad news, but hopefully not for long: In addition to the promise of a reborn Motorino, Palombino is also set to debut his version of a “mid-century American diner” this fall when Bowery Diner opens at 241 Bowery. [Eater NY, Related]