Interview With Phil Penta

If you’ve been coming into 3 Guys for our wide variety of fresh produce, you might have bumped into Phil Penta, who started out as a 3 Guys employee and is now one of its proud proprietors. In this week’s blog, we’re going to get to know Phil a little better.

So, Phil, tell us about how you came to be involved in 3 Guys.

The original 3 Guys was started by my partner’s father, Stanley Zimmerman, in the 1970s. They had various stores all over the city, but unfortunately, they went out of business for a time. 3 Guys reopened in 1998; my dad, Phil C., was one of the partners, along with Stanley’s sons, Scott and Howard Zimmerman. I was an employee of 3 Guys when Howard passed away in a tragic motorcycle accident, and a couple of years later, I came on board as one of the partners.

So you’re actually one of the “3 Guys.”

I am!

How does it feel to be part of something that’s grown with the borough and stood the test of time?

It’s rewarding! Our customers, and the surrounding community, have shown us nothing but love, support and gratitude, and this makes all our efforts worthwhile.

Have you ever thought about expanding 3 Guys to other locations?

We’ve definitely thought about it, but it takes a lot to run the store and we want to give our customers the best we can give them. So for now, we’re just going to concentrate our energies on our current location

How often do you get recognized around Brooklyn?

Me personally, I really don’t. If I’m downstairs, customers recognize me and I’ll shake their hand, hi. Other than that, and networking events, people don’t really recognize me unless there’s a story about me in a local newspaper or something.

Were you born and raised in Brooklyn?

I was born in Queens, actually, but I’ve been in Brooklyn for seven years. Brooklyn is my adopted home now, and it feels good to be part of the Brooklyn community.

And we know it’s important to you to give back to the community, as well.

Absolutely. We support multiple charities around the city, like the Hope And Heroes Walk, which is in support of those who’ve struggled with pediatric cancer. We’re one of the sponsors of the Celebrate Brooklyn bandshell, and we sponsor events for local school, community and church organizations.

What can customers expect to see in the coming months?
I am proud to say we are planning on adding a full line of organic fruits and vegetables  in summer 2016. We will carry seasonal organic produce through the year moving forward as well as  maintaining our wide selection of conventional produce.

It’s great to have you as part of the Brooklyn community, Phil. Thanks for chatting with us!