With just over $2,000 in his pocket, founder Ken Sniper opened his first deli in 1975, occupying just a quarter of the original building on Burnet Avenue (then owned by the Nicotra family). Tina Nicotra’s beauty salon filled out the lion’s share of the property, while the sandwich shop operated in a 13-foot-wide storefront that was maybe 25 feet deep. The tight quarters didn’t cramp our style though, and within two years a second Brooklyn Pickle opened on the West Side. That shop also started small — in the Byrne Dairy Building — eventually moving to its present location, kitty-corner across West Genesee Street, in 1984.
Meanwhile, the Burnet Avenue shop went through a variety of upgrades over the years. By 1992 we had completely outgrown the old space, and a shiny new building went up in its place. Major renovations and expansion followed, and the day after Christmas 2007, we reopened in our present form. From the pickle-shaped table to the larger-than-life murals to the neon Brooklyn Bridge, we’ve created a totally unique dining environment.
In 2011, our popular West Genesee Street location underwent a major renovation to meet growing demand. In addition to making the store more efficient, we made it more beautiful. You’ll find black granite counters and tables, intricate tile work, and a Brooklyn Bridge graphic with a sky mural on the ceiling.
To meet the call from hungry Central New Yorkers for more Brooklyn Pickle locations we opened our third store on Buckley Road in Liverpool, NY in July of 2019. We spared no expense to ensure it would be one of the communities favorite places to eat. Guests enjoy ample seating inside or enjoy the sunshine out on our spacious umbrella-covered patio.
As the popularity of the Brooklyn Pickle continues to grow – we decided to expand into the Utica market – and were greeted with open arms. The location is in the heart of downtown in the former Utica Steam Cotton building – which is full of historic charm.
Over the years, and through all these renovations, we never lost sight of our roots or the things that matter most: Great food, served with a smile, at a great price.