BLACK Star Bakery will be opening a new cafe in the former home of Dorian’s Cafe at 10-01 50th Avenue on Vernon Boulevard. This marquee location has been empty since December when Dorian’s suddenly shuttered.[Read more…] about Black Star Bakery Taking Dorian’s Location On Vernon Blvd
Here we are the end of August. It’s still hot, languorous, and quiet in LIC and about a week away from our thoughts turning to Fall and school, aka the future. And yet a select group still in town are struggling and barely keeping their heads above water, despite working long hours primarily in the heat of the sun. I’m talking about the restaurant owners, which by appearances may seem to be doing quite well were one to simply observe the bustling outside activity. But for most owners the outdoor seating is a wash at best, as the capacity is still a fraction of what most restaurants hold. Plus the extreme heat coupled with occasional rain is a financial widowmaker. It pains me to walk by a restaurant on a rainy day knowing that it leads to a flood of cash down the drain with zero recoupment. For more details on the suffering and ramifications I highly recommend you read the letter below written by Long Island City’s Communitea in Eater.[Read more…] about Slow, Sad, And Stupid In LIC
John Brown Smokehouse is closing it’s original location on 44th Drive after eight years and rolling it up into it’s Mothership Meat Company restaurant in Dutch Kills according to the LIC Post and the company’s Facebook page.
The owner Josh Bowen cited 1. his lease ending 2. the uncertainty around Covid-19 and 3. the difficulty of operating on 44th Drive, stating that the latter was a “ghost town” and that “nothing will ever flourish there for decades.” As for the last point he went on to deride the “idiot local politicians” apparently in reference to the Amazon HQ2 debacle, which he was very vocal about.[Read more…] about John Brown Smokehouse On 44th Drive Is Closing
A reader tipped us off that according to the Citizen App another person jumped from the tower 4545 Center Boulevard last night. Around 9pm a passel of police cars zoomed to the site, followed quickly by a large area cordoned off with police tape – though the app mentioned this person landed on the 7th Floor rooftop of the building. If so, this is the second jumper this year in this building, and the fourth known fatal jumper along Center Boulevard this past decade.[Read more…] about Another Apparent Suicide On Center Boulevard in LIC
A new restaurant called Top Quality has opened at 10-29 44th Rd. in Long Island City. As we previously reported, the restaurant is overseen by Mark Rancourt who formerly owned Extra Fancy in Williamsburg. An employee onsite today shared that the kitchen is led by Matthew Gaudet, a chef who received many accolades heading several high end restaurants in Boston.[Read more…] about New Restaurant ‘Top Quality’ Opens In Long Island City