Mama mia! Aunt Suzie’s to close!

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Holy cannoli! We just received this breaking news missive from our pal, Irene LoRe, at Aunt Suzie’s restaurant, which was a mainstay in Park Slope since long before Fifth Avenue became a major foodie destination.

We’re crying in our cacciatore, so we might as well let Irene just speak for herself. Take it away, Irene:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Aunt Suzie’s has been in Park Slope for 25 years and we feel privileged to have been a part of the neighborhood and a part of your lives.

It has been a wonderful run and it is time to say goodbye. Pat, Irene, Ginny (sister) Liz (niece) Tamara (daughter) and the staff are all sad to go. We will miss all of you but to “Everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven.”

This restaurant was inspired by my mother who was Aunt Suzie to all who knew her. She embodied the values of family, sharing and giving both emotionally and with the physical nourishment of wonderful Italian food. We hope we did some of these things for you.

We would like to give special thanks to all our current and past employees without whom Aunt Suzie’s could not have been so successful. Antonio and Michelangelo are two of the hardest working cooks I know. Tiffany loves all the customers, especially the ones with kids. We have watched Patrick grow up in our midst and it has been wonderful to work with him.

Our last day of operation will be Jan. 1, 2012.

Arriverderci a tutti

Good night, Irene. Check back for more on this breaking story.

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Updated 5:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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lisa from ps says:
Sweet story, but the food was god awful, the ambiance shabby and the service spotty. It has been made known for years how terrible the food is, but they never changed it. Hopefully will be replaced with something better.
Nov. 7, 2011, 4:20 pm
jj from brooklyn says:
sorry, sour lisa, but she was a pioneer; was here when fifth avenue was not a nice place. best of luck, aunt suzie!
Nov. 7, 2011, 6:08 pm
cousin vinny from 5th ave. says:
Nov. 8, 2011, 12:58 am
Paul A. from Bay ridge/Ft. Hamilton says:
Sweet Story Lisa....PS?? Figures, if you can't say anything nice....Go to Mac Donalds plastic tea room & don't forget to lock-up your stroller. Better yet...go back where you came from & your nice, sterile life.
Nov. 8, 2011, 12:29 pm
lisa from ps says:
I don't eat at McDonalds or any fast food for that matter. Also, my children are in their 30's now so no more strollers for me. Any other incorrect assumptions you'd like to make (ignorant) Paul from Bay Ridge?

Aunt Suzie's was terrible. Plain and simple. I don't know anyone with a taste bud who liked that place. Sorry you were happy to spend $10 for overcooked pasta with chef boyrdee sauce, but the place is closing so get over it. I'm sure there are other craphole Italian places around for you to overspend on.
Nov. 8, 2011, 3:15 pm
StevenRosenberg from Park Slope says:
I ate there twice. The idea (decor) was very good, but the food was surprisingly bad. So this is sad on a local nostalgia level, but, well, overdue.
Nov. 8, 2011, 7:27 pm
Doug from P Slope says:
Too bad - nice place, comfort food, nice prices...sigh.
Nov. 18, 2011, 9:48 pm
Laura from Marine Park says:
I have been going to Aunt Suzie's for many years and I DO have tastebuds and loved the food there. I have relatives who have also been going there for many years and enjoy it as well. I am sorry to see it is closing.
Dec. 4, 2011, 9:04 pm

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