America’s oldest cheese shop set to close, devastated by pandemic in NYC
Alleva Mozzarella in New York City is closing its doors after 130 years.
The oldest cheese shop in the United States is set to close after more than a century in business, following what the owner described as disagreements with the landlord coupled with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in New York City.
Alleva Dairy, located in New York City's Little Italy neighborhood, was established in 1892.
"We have to close because I couldn't come to an agreement with the landlord and it was very tough — and also, the pandemic hurt us terribly," owner Karen King told "Fox & Friends" this week.
"It was a struggle for the first two years," King said, referencing the pandemic.
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"I tried to pay her," she said, meaning the landlord. "And we tried to make a few deals. She wasn't accepting anything, and then it was outrageous, what she did."
The landlord said the store owed more than $600,000 in back rent, King noted.
Facing this, Alleva Dairy then filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.