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America’s oldest cheese shop files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Nothing gouda can stay: This nation’s premiere fromage purveyor has been rendered insolvent.

Alleva Dairy, the Little Italy deli that claims to be the country’s oldest, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Despite the enormous setback, the cheddar seller plans to keep on slinging brie even as it teeters on the brink. 

“After months of serious attempts to pay the landlord in full, Alleva Dairy and the landlord at 188 Grand Street in New [York] were unable to reach an agreement to pay off the back rent,” reads a release sent out Thursday by the dairy vendor, which was first established in 1892. “In addition, the landlord refused to honor the remainder of Alleva’s 10-year lease. As a result, Alleva Dairy, Inc has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection.”

Alleva has been an NYC staples for over 100 years.
Alleva was the oldest cheese store in America.
Alleva was the oldest cheese store in America.

The back rent in question accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic, during which time the Manhattan institution failed to pay a total $509,106 of its $23,756 a month rent, The Post previously reported. Additionally difficult for the mozzarella merchant during the coronavirus was the fact that many of the neighborhood eateries, which spent lots

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