It’s been a bad couple of months for Brooklyn. In February, within the space of a week, the borough lost two of its most notable pizzerias, first Lenny’s, in Bensonhurst, then Sal’s, in Cobble Hill. Now comes word that another Brooklyn institution, G. Esposito & Sons Jersey Pork Store, is saying, “Arrivederci.”
The store, which was founded in 1922 and was overseen by successive generations of the same family, had a good run. Originally, In 2010, the store sourced all its meat from Jersey farms. Hence the word Jersey in the long version of its name.
Espositos, as it has been known to locals, was the go-to meat market for the Italian families in Carroll Gardens, where it is located. It has also been popular as a sandwich shop.
As to why the store is closing, George Esposito, the grandson of the founder, pretty much answered that question in 2019 when he told Bkylner, “The future, unfortunately, is coming to an end. We are getting older. We’re here 100 years. Didn’t push our kids to take over the business, because the way the business is headed.”