Greenwood eatery ‘J’eatjet?’ to close

J’eat Jet? owner Justyna Kociubinski plans to close down her brick-and-mortar storefront in Greenwood Heights, but wants to continue serving grub out of a food truck.
Photo by Derrick Watterson

Beloved Greenwood Heights restaurant ‘J’eatjet?’ will soon shut its doors as the eatery’s owner looks to take her Polish-influenced cuisine on the road.

“I will start a food truck!” said Justyna Kociubinski.

The Fifth Avenue storefront has been a neighborhood staple since Kociubinski first welcomed diners in 2013 — filing a lack of good grub spots in the area by serving up homestyle pierogis, poutine chicken, and burgers to her dedicated local patrons.

“When we first opened, we were serving until 4 am, seven days a week,” she said. “We had a good industry cloud, full of people that love food.”

Now, the Kociubinski is looking to cook up her unique cuisine around the country, she said.

“I am excited to meet many interesting people across the country and connect over wholesome food — and some of our grandmother’s greatest recipes,” said Kociubinski.

And while Kociubinski is excited for her new endeavor, the locals she leaves behind were dismayed at the loss of their neighborhood hotspot.

“The food has always been crazy unique and delicious,” said Kailee O’Sullivan. “Not at all typical bar food, but magically infused with Justyna’s and the chefs’ gourmet touch.”

The Polish-born Brooklynite is looking for someone to take over the remainder of the lease for the dining space between 20th and 21st streets — which is decked out with a sprawling backyard patio space, and a bar crafted out of African Mahogany.

Kociubinski first opened the late-night hot spot after joining forces with three friends in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to help cook for hungry families devastated by the storm.

The charitable chefs traveled from Staten Island to Rockaway Beach, asking hungry locals “did you eat yet?” — but the pronunciation became muffled in their Brooklyn accents, giving birth to the Greenwood eatery’s name, “J’eatjet?”

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