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Check please: Iconic Park Slope eatery asks locals to bankroll renovation

Dizzy’s owner Matheo Pisciotta launched a GoFundMe campaign on Aug. 19 to help with renovations to the 21-year-old Park Slope diner.
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An iconic Park Slope diner is looking to renovate — and the owner wants locals to pick up the tab!

Dizzy’s Diner — which has served cakes and coffee out of the same Ninth Street and Eight Avenue storefront since 1997 — launched a GoFundMe campaign on Aug. 19 to bankroll a much needed upgrade, which the owner said could mean life or death for the neighborhood eatery.

“We’ve been here for over 20 years, and I want to be here for another 10 — but I can’t be here the way it is now,” said Matheo Pisciotta.

Pisciotta is aiming to hit an ambitious fundraising goal of $20,000, which will help finance construction of a new dining room layout, a modern paint job, stylish new flooring, and more.

“It’ll still have the diner feel, but we want to create a fresh new vibe. We’re going to do some new tiling, and a new floor,” he said. “And no more bright colors — that might have been good 15 years ago, but we want it to we want to make it a little more modern.”

Pisciotta shuttered Dizzy’s Fifth Avenue counterpart in 2017, and used the savings to fund some minor upgrades to the Ninth Street location, but says he doesn’t have the dough to finish the job, and is hoping the generosity of locals will help plug the gap.

“It’s a big job, and we just kept putting it off because there wasn’t enough money to do it,” he said. “I was planning on doing it all myself... but the GoFundMe would provide some breathing room.”

Pisciotta says he’s considering special rewards for substantial contributors — like an honorary plaque on a bar stool, or discounted diner grub — but nothing has been finalized yet.

For now, Pisciotta hopes the eatery’s long history in Park Slope will move people to contribute to the fundraising effort and help bankrolling the renovation work.

“I never thought it would become such a part of the community, and such a part of the neighborho­od,” he said.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at agraham@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at twitter.com/aidangraham95.
Updated 10:43 am, August 23, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

John from Park Slope says:
So lemme get this straight, a business owner overextended themselves and opened up a secondary location that wound up failing and now they want the neighborhood to bankroll renovations for the original location? Is this for real?!
Aug. 21, 7:23 pm
Jay from Park slope says:
Great food but go to a bank or find an investor. Don't ask for a handout with nothing in return.
Aug. 21, 7:51 pm
Luis from Park Slope says:
Go Back to the Midwest. #Gentrification
Aug. 21, 8:01 pm
Pam says:
The nerve of this greedy cheapskate! “Oooh give me da money! I want da money!”
Aug. 22, 1:02 am
David from the Block from Park Heights says:
And yet, 7th Avenue Donuts, which is certainly less expensive than Dizzy’s, manages to hold on for God knows how many decades. The same for Smiling Pizzeria.
Aug. 22, 3:36 am
Local Talent from Park Slope says:
I hate t see another restaurant fail but if they haven't saved enough in 20 years to renovate close it up.. the are at least a dozen empty storefronts in the area.. rents are way too high... it's hard to sell enough 18 dollar salads to cover the rent and put away some for a rainy day...
Aug. 22, 5:57 am
Freesia from Park Slope says:
This restaurant is one of the few remaining examples of early Friends period dining architecture in the Central Park Slope district. To tear it down would be disrespectful to history, and basically an architectural crime. I urge the landmarks preservation committee to stop “Dizznald Trump” (as we call him) and preserve this spot!
Aug. 22, 8:38 am
John from Park slope says:
It's not iconic. 20 years may seem like a long time but that doesn't make it iconic. Gentrifiers deem it I guess so be it.
Aug. 22, 3:29 pm
Duffie B from Park slope says:
The quality of food actually warrants it to be closed and is quite probably one of the reasons why. If you had maintained quality food and service you would not be in this state. Shame on you. Be honorable and do the right thing - close
Aug. 22, 7:28 pm
David from Park Slope says:
This is a worrying trend - Di Fara Pizzeria is also doing a GoFundMe fundraiser to cover their... wait for it... back taxes!
Aug. 22, 10:04 pm
Nate from Park slope says:
Diner? A normal diner is open till midnight. This places closes at what? 7, 8pm. Work a little harder, serve better food. Asking for a handout for cosmetic changes? What about employing more wait staff to stay in business longer.
Aug. 22, 10:25 pm
MS from Park Slope says:
I suppose I’m in the minority’s here. I understand the comments that this feels like a handout. And you’re probably correct that they can look at other options for funding. But Dizzy’s is also a part of the community. When I first moved to the neighborhood a few years back I went there for a simple birthday dinner. They unexpectedly picked up the drinks. Also, please keep in mind that the restaurant game is tough. They start working long before paying customers walk in the door, close long after the paying customers left and have super slim margins. I’m thankful they’re serving the neighborhood and I wouldn’t mind seeing them stick around a little while longer. The gofundme option is a little out of the norm but it’s an attempt to stick around for those of us that want them to. And maybe it’s a way for me to buy back those drinks.
Aug. 22, 11:50 pm
Matto Pisciotta from Dizzys says:
I want da money! Give me da money!
Aug. 23, 2:30 am
David from the Block from Park Heights says:
@MS from the Slope - We all work long hours. We all have tough jobs. And I’ll lay even money that most of us leave tip mo ey in the jars that store owners have by their cash registers to help suppliment the payroll.
Aug. 23, 6:59 am

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