Mama Maria’s


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  • Owner: John Esposito
  • Full address: 307 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
  • Website: (it is one website for both restaurants)
  • Opened: Pizzeria since 1957, Restaurant since 1996
  • Type of food/restaurant: Italian
  • Service hours: 12:00pm –11:00pm daily
  • Restaurant size: 3300 sq. ft.
  • Front of house size: 2,000 sq. ft.
  • Back of house size: kitchen line apprx 300 sq. ft., 1,000 sq. ft. back prep & basement
  • No. of seats: 61
  • No. of employees: 8 FT / 4 PT
  • Full Liquor license 


  • John has sunk in over $100,000 from his savings to keep the business afloat and is still pouring money into the restaurant. If the business doesn’t become profitable, he will be forced to close the doors of his family’s restaurant forever.
  • Since the age of 10 years old, this place has been John’s life. He is depending on the restaurant to support his family. The stress has put a strain on his marriage. If the restaurant continues to plummet, he will lose his history and future.