Earnest Hall Debuts This Week as an Expanded Remake of Ernie’s
When Ernie’s Bar & Pizza closed at 2915 West 44th Avenue in June 2018 to repair hail damage to the roof, the neighborhood lost a gathering spot for food and drinks with family and friends, but folks weren’t worried, because they assumed the place would soon reopen. But the months wore on and no signs of construction emerged — and then the name Earnest Hall became public, and panic began to spread on social media.
Was a beloved neighborhood pizzeria, named after Ernest Capillupo, who had run the place as a bar decades earlier, about to be replaced by some trendy new food hall? Would pizza ever return? What would become of the old-school Italian ambience that customers of 3 Sons Italian Restaurant, which moved in after the original Ernie’s closed in the mid-1980s, recalled so fondly?
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