Old Molfetta’s becomes The Brick “Fire Baked Pizza” in Hoboken
OK – let’s get the obvious out of the way. The owners of Molfetta Pizza (1122 Washington St.) have renovated the place and are re-branding it The Brick – Fire Baked Pizza.
Under normal circumstances this would be just fine. But this is Hoboken, and is TOTALLY WRONG in several ways. Read on more below…
City of Hoboken blows it again – practically duplicate businesses
The zoning or planning departments in this town are for the birds. They’ll do ANYTHING for more permit revenue. Other cities take careful measures to ensure that business types are nice and evenly spread out in town, but not in Hoboken.
Hoboken has a bad track record of allowing very similar businesses to open WAY too close to one another. From framing shops to beauty stores to convenience stores – they just don’t seem to get it.
Sure, you can argue “it was a pizza parlor before…” but you would be wrong.
Molfetta was your typical “greasy pizza joint,” and catered a lot to the “slice” crowd – and especially the late night drunks towards the end of the week (often open till 4am). On the other hand, Napoli’s – just a few doors down is more of a BYOB restaurant – and closed no later than 11pm. They really didn’t “compete.”
How City Hall (who had to see the plans in order to approve) could allow this is either awfully embarrassing, or just plain stupid (or both).
It appears that they almost tried making a carbon copy of Napoli’s – which in some legal arenas could be bordering on trademark infringement of some kind…
Molfetta owners are not too classy or up front
There is an awful trend getting worse these days – lack of originality.
From lazy wet-behind-the-ears “journalists,” to small business owners – it seems like “coming up with your own ideas” is a thing of the past. People these days must think that by imitating a successful business or model will ensure the same for them. Maybe in the short-term – but no guarantee long-term. And how they sleep at night is beyond me.
It looks like almost everything about “The Brick” has been essentially copied from Napoli’s (interior / exterior colors, walls, furniture). Additionally, word on the street is that The Brick has acquired some of Napoli’s former employees – and possibly some of the “secret dough recipes” as well. Talk about a LOW-CLASS move that is, if true.
They would have been better off at least coming up with a unique idea for Hoboken (and it’s 30+ pizza places). I’m sure an “organic” or “vegan” pizza-themed restaurant would have done great without over-stepping the boundaries. But whatever, done is done. We’ll see how the market reacts.
Description: Brick oven pizza copy-cat of Napoli’s just a few doors down.
Address: 1122 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5387
Telephone: (201) 963-3236