Finally Friday- Astoria & LIC Gossip

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We all know we shouldn’t, but sometimes I just can’t help myself. This Friday let’s just all agree- we heart local gossip!

Did you hear…?

1. Looks like Marshall’s on Broadway is changing hands again, this time the sign says Portalia. Better luck next time.

2. A new cafe is going in where the questionable Eco Table once stood. The sign says “Aroma: engage your senses. Eclectic Mediterranean opening in October 2011.” Seems awfully fast for a whole new restaurant, don’t you think?

Image via WLA

3. Have you seen the progress they’re making at the new Newtown Farmer’s Market (21-20 Newtown, Astoria)? I’m not holding my breath, but early rumors I’ve heard say this might be a Whole Foods style store.

4. Is Astoria destined to get yet another 7-11? Whispers are that one is going into a space near 31st. and Ditmars.

Image via Food and Wine's 'Mouthing Off'

5. I’m sure you’ve heard the twitter talk about this already, but the renegade chefs from M. Wells will be serving up food on a truck this Sunday, Sept. 25th. near Center Blvd at 48th Ave. Word on the street is there will be free veal brains. I feel dirty having even just typed that. *shudder*

Photo via Jesse Winter

6. And in LIC eating news, it looks like Alobar (46-42 Vernon Blvd., LIC) is almost ready to open (we hear rumblings of an October open date) providing local, old world influenced nibbles and charcuterie. The same, it seems, can be said for Corner Bistro- yes that Corner Bistro who is coming to  47–18 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. Look for their classic take on the burger sometime this fall.

What gossip to you have for us Astoria?

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Susan September 28, 2011 at 12:33 am

Have you guys checked out the new pub on Broadway, just off Steinway I believe? It looks like your pretty standard pub, but it’s very pretty. Red on the outside and with big open windows. I think it’s called Raven’s Head Public House… or something similar. I can’t find anything on yelp or WLA, was hoping you guys might have been!


Erin September 24, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Looking forward to learning more about that Newtown market. Would be great to get a Whole Foods-esque story in the neighborhood.


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