The former home of Dizzy’s Diner in Park Slope is vacant no more, and there’s a familiar face behind the counter.
The storefront on the corner of Ninth Street and Eighth Avenue is now home to Parkview Market, a grab-and-go grill run by Mourad “Mo” Innab, the son of a longtime neighborhood business owner.
Innab, 22, whose father has run the Eighth Street Mini Market around the corner since the early 1990’s, has worked in his father’s store since he was eight years old, and took over the lease from Dizzy’s owner Matthew Pisciotta when he closed in 2020.
“When Matthew wanted to go out of business, I gave him a call and he said he wouldn’t be happier to see it go to anybody else,” said Innab, who runs Parkview Market with his brother and brother-in-law.
Dizzy’s occupied the corner storefront for 22 years, garnering a reputation as a “finer diner” with elevated fare and a laid back atmosphere, before closing for good in 2020 when the pandemic battered their finances.
“I just didn’t see the balance of not being able to serve people inside,” Pisciotta told Brooklyn Paper at the time. “I knew what I needed to make every month to pay my expenses, and there was no way that was going to happen.”
The new Parkview Market is situated next to the Seventh Avenue train station, and sits just one block from Prospect Park, offering Park Slopers a convenient place to grab a sandwich, juice, or snack.
“It’s more like a grab-and-go snack place, if you’re going to the park, if you’re grabbing a quick bite to go home or to the train,” Innab said.
Since opening this past weekend, the store has already seen a steady flow of customers who know Innab from his years growing up behind the counter on Eighth Street.
“The customers are amazing, their support is the best and there are so many of them I’ve known since I was a little kid,” he said. “It’s an understatement to say I have the best customers.”
“The feeling is surreal,” he added.