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DeFonte’s: They helped Gentrify Red Hook. Will they do it again?


DeFonte’s Sandwich Shop original location  opened in Red Hook in 1922, 92 years ago. Defonte’s is the oldest surviving eatery in the Red Hook, serving massive, old-school Italian heroes like the Nicky Special, which marries Capicola, Salami, Provolone and Fried Eggplant. To the family run business the state of the neighborhood never mattered, they just kept serving their sandwiches which have now become renowned. Their new location on Tappen Park in Stapleton opened last week at 95 Water Street. This way on Bay welcomes Nicky and his family to our neighborhood. Go enjoy old world Italian favorites to include all the Parmesan you want, Fried Eggplant on any sandwich, Sausage & Peppers,  Pasta, Soup, Nicky’s famous Hot Salad and of course Broccoli Rabe! Is your mouth watering yet?

DeFonte’s Sandwich Shop

95 Water Street | 718 285 4300 | defontesofbrooklyn.com


Ettore grew up working in the restaurant & catering business from the age of 12. He graduated from the College of Staten Island with a Bachelors in Mathematics & Finance in 1985. In 1986 he started chez vous caterers from the basement of his home in Dongan Hills. In Oct 1987 he rented the first floor of Edgewater Hall at 691 Bay Street. A few years later he added the party rental division to chez vous. In 1997 he purchased Edgewater Hall and renovated the lofts on the second & third floor making them party spaces. Shortly thereafter he purchased from his tenant the cellar bar creating Dock Street Underground a live music venue. With real estate prices increasing in NYC, Ettore expanded to the Catskill Mountains and purchased Shandelee Lake Inn, a 1860 dutch barn and the first mansion built in Liberty NY and restored them. His creative projects include his CD Sweet on You, his book, It’s Your Right to be Fit, Sexed, and Happy, So Claim It, and he is developing a TV series called Business Underground. He is a partner in Hanz On Music, an R&B / Hip Hop record label. Their latest project method Man presents Hanz On, includes the single “Shining Star” which is available on iTunes. Their next project The Meth Lab is Method's Man next album. His publishing company, Relationship Ed Publishing has released, you jump i jump and will be releasing will be releasing Healthy Relationships 101:The Book
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