Michael Tisch Gets a Slice of Roberta’s
Ultra-hip Brooklyn pizza joint Roberta’s is as hot now as it was when it opened in 2008. But an investment by a member of the billionaire Tisch family has some fearing the Bushwick restaurant will lose its mojo.
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Eater reports that more than 20 Roberta’s staffers have resigned since Michael Tisch’s Chorus Hospitality announced that it bought a slice of the restaurant this week. The crew, including front-of-house managers, told Eater “that they no longer trusted the restaurant to maintain its creative ethos.” The amount of Tisch’s cash infusion hasn’t been disclosed.
Tisch told a public community board that when Chorus takes over Roberta’s, the restaurant’s ownership and management will be overhauled, with only chef and co-owner Carlo Mirarchi remaining.
In a 2011 review, The New York Times called Roberta’s Bushwick-rustic cuisine “magic.”
Michael Kaminer is a contributing editor at the Forward.