Pennsy Food Hall Outside MSG Closing In March

WCBS 880 Newsroom
February 12, 2020 - 2:41 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The Pennsy food hall, located just outside the entrance to Madison Square Garden, will shut down at the end of March.

As the Commerical Observer reported, the owner of the space, Vornado Realty, has been working on a $2 billion modernization of the neighborhood around Penn Station, which includes renovation of Pennsy's home at 2 Penn Plaza.

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When Pennsy closes its doors on March 31, that also means the end for the vegan favorite Cinnamon Snail. 

"With our big production kitchen in Brooklyn, other high overhead, and fast escalating costs of running a small food business in NYC, I have made the decision to pull the plug on The Cinnamon Snail entirely when the Pennsy closes its doors," Cinnamon Snail founder Adam Sobel said in a Facebook post. "I'm not 100% sure what is going to be next, but I am excited about building something new, and looking for good locations that make sense for me and our staff."

Sobel told Gothamist they were given notice a week ago and says Vornado has not been forthcoming about how long the construction will take. 

The Cinnamon Snail started 10 years as a food truck before setting up shop at Pennsy.

Sobel said he is now looking for standalone vented restaurant locations in New York City and New Jersey "to create something that's a better reflection of who I am now, and what I feel like the vegan world needs next."

He also said he is considering selling the entire Cinnamon Snail brand, recipes, food trucks and commercial kitchen, either as a complete operation, or in pieces.

Other businesses and restaurants in the area have also been forced to close over a two-year plan to overhaul the LIRR waiting area and concourse. Tracks Bar, a popular spot for commuters to have a drink while waiting for a train, closed in August and later reopened across the street from the transit hub.