After ‘8 years in the food-service industry, Dassy Hen closed the doors of her remaining Teaneck restaurant, Plaza Pizza, last week.
The former owner of Jerusalem Pizza on Cedar Lane, which shut its doors a few years ago, said an increase in rent from the new landlord had forced her to close the business. The building at 1431 Queen Anne Road that housed Plaza is managed by 1431 Corp., which came under new ownership recently. One of the new controlling partners is Yossi Niazoff, owner of Sammy’s Bagels and Sammy’s Deli on the same block.
Plaza’s official last day of business, Sunday, Nov. 5, drew crowds of people who wanted to take home memorabilia from the restaurant, Hen told The Jewish Standard last week. Following the last day of business, she placed signs in the windows charging that the new landlord would not negotiate a new lease and had forced the establishment out. The signs remained as of press time. That day, the landlord put up his own signs that the space was for rent, which Hen said she took down. In response, "for rent" signs were painted on the window. Hen covered most of them with Plaza Pizza stickers, a move that Niazoff called "irresponsible."
Plaza Pizza has lain dormant for two weeks.