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Nov 19, 2015

Astoria Small Biz Owner Spotlight: Petey of Petey’s Burger

Welcome to another Astoria Small Business Owner Spotlight! Today we have the Petey of Petey’s Burger, one of Astoria’s favorite burger joints. Take it away, Petey! Name of Biz: PETEY’S (…)

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Welcome to another Astoria Small Business Owner Spotlight! Today we have the Petey of Petey’s Burger, one of Astoria’s favorite burger joints. Take it away, Petey!

Name of Biz:

PETEY’S BURGER.

Owned by:

Peter and George Karalekas.

Year opened:

2008.

Address:

30-17 30 Avenue, Astoria
46-46 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City

Known for (in your own words):

Petey’s is known for a great quality fast food burger—-AKA “The In-N-Out of the East Coast… but better” (as I like to say). We like to think we’ve tweaked it for the sophisticated tastes of New Yorkers.

Photo Courtesy of Petey's Burger

Photo Courtesy of Petey’s Burger

Do you also live in Queens, if so where?

Yes, in Astoria.

How did you end up here?

Born and raised in the neighborhood, and still an Astorian.

What made you decide to open a restaurant in Astoria?

Astoria is home—so why not??

What’s been your favorite moment since opening so far?

Every day! Just being here everyday is special.

What’s your favorite item you sell?

The Double Cheeseburger.

Photo Courtesy of Petey’s Burger

Most popular item you sell?

Not a surprise—the Double Cheeseburger.

What’s your personal favorite place to grab food when you’re working?

Have you seen my belly lately? [laughs] I’m on a diet now, so it’s a Double Burger with pickles and mustard only! If not that, there is always something at home to eat [laughs] or I’ll take my 6 year old for pizza at Samaria Pizza in the Broadway shopping center.

Hidden Astoria secret you feel like people don’t know about that you live by?

Taking a walk over the Triboro Bridge.

Favorite place to grab a drink?

Home!

If you have friends or family visiting Astoria, where do you take them?

Do you have to ask? They all want a Petey’s Burger!

Photo Courtesy of Petey’s Burger

How have you seen Astoria change since you’ve been here?

Being a lifelong Astorian, everything has its ups and downs in life. Right now, our Astoria is sitting high. We as Astorians must maintain our old Astorian values while growing, and there lies the challenge: finding the balance between the growth in the neighborhood and (retaining) its values.

What’s you’re favorite part of being in Queens?

Calling Astoria Home!

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2 Comments

Jaclyn

I recently had to move away from NYC for a job, and having formerly lived in Astoria, Petey’s was one of my very favorite places. I miss their burgers so much!!

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