Remembering a Dear Flea Friend

Yesterday we were shocked and saddened to learn that COIVD-19 hit close to our artistic home. This past Friday on Staten Island, Andy Koutsoudakis, the owner of Tribeca’s Kitchen, passed away at the age of 59 from the Coronavirus.

Andy opened Tribeca’s Kitchen in 2014, and when The Flea moved around the corner in 2017, Andy and his restaurant became an instantaneous friend and go-to caterer for Flea events.  Just three weeks ago, we worked with Andy on the order for our opening celebration of The Fre and Andy generously offered what he usually did – free cookies for dessert.

We encourage you to read Carl Glassman’s poignant article in The Tribeca Trib, which details Andy’s life and glowing testimonials from quite a few friends and family, including one from NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

But most importantly, if you have a few extra dollars, Andy’s family has launched a GoFundMe page to support the purchase of protective gowns and masks for the staff at Richmond County Medical Center in Staten Island, where Andy passed away. In these trying times, we can’t help but think back to the old adage, “it takes a village.”

RIP Andy, we’ll miss your friendly emails, delicious and filling food, and of course, those cookies.

Our hearts go out to our Tribeca community, everyone at Tribeca’s Kitchen, and to everyone in the Koutsoudakis family.