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Jan 2, 2009 05:33 PM

News on Pepe's in Yonkers

I was out to dinner tonight, and we were talking about Pepe's opening in Yonkers, and it occurred to me that no one has mentioned Pepe's opening in Yonkers recently. Does anyone have any updated information about this as well as a possible opening date? As I recall, it was supposed to be in the space that Ricky's had been in on Central Avenue.

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  1. Last time I drove by the hole in the ground that was Ricky's, in early Nov, it was just that.
    A hole in the ground.
    Could have changed by now I guess.
    Per following, May 1st:

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    1. re: Jon1856

      That's all I've found too except that I did note on Frank Pepe's website that the blurb linking to this article as per Jon's post mentioned Yonkers as the "first" of several Frank Pepe's planned for Westchester. While Yonkers is exciting and the idea of more maybe even closer to me is even more tantalizing, the planned extensive expansion including out at one of the CT casino hotels does worry me. Perhaps getting too big, too fast and could be difficult to retain the quality. I hope I'm wrong.

      1. re: laylag

        Thanks laylag. I found the article on the web site, and this is the link to it...

        It seems that there is really nothing new yet.

      2. re: Jon1856

        Drove past today and was happy to see a banner recruiting employees hanging from the cornice.

      3. From Westchester Magazine:
        Openings, Closings, Kitchen Changes, Food Events
        Famous pizzeria Frank Pepe is scheduled to open sometime this month in the space that once housed Ricky’s Clam House (1955 Central Ave, Yonkers) This is the first non-Connecticut location for the New Haven-Fairfield pie-maker, famous for coal-fired pizzas; its garlicky white-clam pie has made grown men tear up (see “Pedigree Pies” on page 156).

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        1. re: Jon1856

          Article is dated 3/17 and since it's now 3/26 and I haven't heard and don't see anything on Pepe's website about it, guess we're looking at April or later... Hope not. Very anxious.

          1. re: laylag

            Well, has anyone been down that part of CPA in the past few weeks?
            Mark II eye-ball and Mark I ears can be the best way to find out info ;>D

            1. re: Jon1856

              After posting I googled again and found an article citing a May 1 opening date. The article was not new so that appears to have been the target date for a while. Since there is no recent news on Pepe's website I have to think any earlier is wishful thinking.

              1. re: Jon1856

                I have to go down that way either today or tomorrow and I'll report back.

                1. re: Jon1856

                  I was by there last weekend on way to Route 100 (which was good, but all we had were burgers and sammys, so no report). They sign up on the tyvek says something to the effect of "opening summer 2008." Looks like we'll have to wait awhile longer. We also looked for Totonnos, but didn't find it. Anyone been and where is it in relation to Central Ave.?

                  1. re: Reposado

                    totonnos is probably less than a mile from central ave on tuckahoe rd. it is inside a hotel, went there once . it was good but the strangest decor, as i recall it is like a converted hotel lounge ,but creepy, would not go back , but i look forward to pepes

                    1. re: rich51

                      Totonnos is within the bar area. Not converted at all. Just a strange place to put a business. But is where it is located.
                      Pizza was good-just out of my normal area of operations.

              2. re: Jon1856

                There's a Westchester Mag article that makes it seem like they had tried the pizza in Yonkers. Having the place not close to opening yet when the article was actually published caused the writer to have to admit on their site that she was writing about the Connecticut location's food, although she refused to admit that what they did was wrong (this was on their website).

              3. Their own web site is not saying all too much-just spring. Humm.

                1. I own Curto's Appliances which is diagonal from the spot where Pepe's is going up on Central Ave. It looks like they have a ways to go. I will take a photo tomorrow and post online.


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                  1. re: SundaySauce

                    Good news for the Mohegan Sun location, it is opening a year ahead of schedule. Instead of Summer 2010, it will be opening this Summer! I love this casino, so this will be a welcome addition this Summer!

                    And the Yonkers location is "set" to open this coming fall.

                  2. This afternoon I drove down on the way back from a quick trip to Boston. I made my usual stop at the original Frank Pepe on Wooster St in New Haven. I ordered a couple of pies to go and when i got back home to westchester I noticed that the carry out boxes at the bottom each proclaimed "Opening November '09 on Central Ave. in Yonkers, NY."

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                    1. re: biga290

                      A bit longer to wait than we had hoped, but at least it's still happening. Thanks!!!

                      1. re: wincountrygirl

                        I just ate the Pepe's "special". Its the regular pie with 4 meats and most of the usual toppings piled on. If you can make the drive to Fairfield or New Haven its well worth the trip to haul a few home. They get better for the first couple of days in the fridge and then they freeze very well. Then you don't have to wait until November. And if you go during the summer you can try their amazing fresh tomato and basil pie. that one won't be around in november.

                        1. re: biga290

                          The fresh tomato and basil sounds great. Maybe I'll make the pilgrimage!

                          1. re: wincountrygirl

                            figure early august or so for the fresh tomato and basil though its definitely worth the hike for their non-seasonal stuff especially the trademark fresh clams with NO motz.