Grimaldi’s Cofounder, Carol Grimaldi, Has Died

carol grimaldi dead at 75

Carol Grimaldi, co-founder of Brooklyn mainstay Grimaldi’s, lost her battle with cancer this week. She was 75.

Carol and her husband, Patsy, were responsible for reawakening the city’s interest in brick oven pizza when they opened Grimaldi’s near the Brooklyn Bridge in 1990. Since then, the restaurant has enjoyed a crazy amount of success, attracting celebrities, tourists and locals alike even after the Grimaldis sold ownership of the pizzeria in 1999 and left the city to travel. Their hiatus from the food industry lasted until 2012, when they opened the comparable Juliana’s down the street from their former business.

A press release (via NBC New York) from Juliana’s had this to say:

Carol was a fixture near and dear to the many neighbors, frequent customers and vendors of Grimaldi’s and was a driving force behind the creation of Juliana’s.

She will be missed.

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