Down towards Ninth Avenue, in the Film Center, the space formerly occupied by Piece of Chicken is coming alive with workers preparing for its new occupant, Schmackary’s, which sells cookies. What remains to be seen is if they will have an inside selling counter or seating room. The problem with Piece of Chicken was the lack of any inside space, allowing crowds to loiter, blocking the sidewalk, leaving trash and litter (left).
It sure looks like Piece of Chicken, operating out of a side door of the Film Center on the southeast corner of Ninth and 45th, is done. Despite being more-than-busy only a few weeks ago, the hole-in-the-wall eatery has been dark for about a week, and a look inside reveals a mostly empty room.
While seemingly popular with some, it had increasingly generated complaints from patrons blocking the sidewalk, illegal sandwich board signs and garbage scattered around.
Piece of Chicken was a leftover from the popular restaurant Jezebels which anchored the corner (now occupied by Five Napkin Burger) for more than two decades. In May 2007, Crains New York Business reported that owner Alberta Wright was closing Jezebels, but keeping Piece of Chicken, operating out of Jezebel’s back kitchen space. The article reported that the lease — as of 2007 — was good for six years.