The steady trend in New Yorkers moving to Los Angeles over the past couple years (especially after Lana Del Rey gave it a nouveau goth spin) has reached a new apex: now, even types of foods are moving there because of how high the rent has become in Brooklyn. The Burning Bush had a chance to speak to a few of the pierogis from Starr Deli, which has decided to uproot itself in favor of the sunnier, trendier Los Feliz neighborhood out west.
Acting too cool for school, Peter Pierogi, the patriarch of the establishment, balked, “Why stay in Brooklyn, least of all Bushwick? Eh? What do I need to struggle for? I’ve struggled enough in my life. I know a man in Los Angeles who gave me a great offer on a storefront and I’m taking it. That’s it.” Peter’s wife, Petra Pierogi, who has a smoother combination of ingredients and therefore fewer folds, was somewhat more sentimental about having to leave Bushwick for good.
“As much as I hate what it’s become–a place where authentic Poles like me have to compete against imitators who make an inferior product at a cheaper price–I’m going to miss it here. I’ve called it home for almost twenty years. That’s longer than most pierogis I know can stay intact.” And so if you’re looking for Polish flavor in Bushwick, you’re going to have to ask a friend in L.A. to mail it to you.
Written by Genna Rivieccio