Astoria, Restaurants
Jan 31, 2014

New Restaurant and Bar Called Front Toward Enemy to Open in Old CANZ Spot on 30th Avenue

A new restaurant, bar, and live music venue will open up in the former CANZ space on 30th Avenue in Astoria, Queens, called Front Toward Enemy.

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Thanks for a WHA tipster, we’ve learned that the old CANZ (a City) space will be the new home to a new spot called Front Toward Enemy. And it looks like they may open as soon as next month. They have a bare-bones website (with lots of “coming soon” in it) and have set up their social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) as well as their Yelp profile.

The Yelp profile gives us the most detail. Their hours indicate weeknight evening service and the potential for brunch on the weekend (Mon-Thu 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Fri 5 p.m. to 4 a.m.; Sat and Sun 12 p.m. to 4 a.m.). They’ll have free wifi, a full bar, and will “specialize in unique mixology, great food and live music.” They’ve also posted a dozen photos of the food, and here are a handful:


Looks like a dish of poultry (or fish?)


Salad with eggs.


Perhaps a crab cake or some kind atop greens and sauce.


Dessert, perhaps a toffee cake and whipped cream.

You might be wondering what “front toward enemy” refers to, and after a little research we learned that it has to do with anti-personnel mine. The image used in the restaurant’s logo is a diagram of the 1956 McLeod patent of the Claymore mine. The mine displays the words “FRONT TOWARD ENEMY” on one side. You can read more about this mine here.

We look forward to learning more about Front Toward Enemy over the coming weeks.

Front Toward Enemy, 40-11 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103,

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.



Article forgets to explain how everyone at Canz Astoria was fired right around the holidays as they quickly closed up shop to open up this place.


What a horrible name choice. Land mines still effect many regions in the world decades after the conflicts they were placed during are over. Hope if they are planning to keep this terrible name they will choose to donate some of their profits to an organization such as MAG.


I got a chuckle out of the name. It’s a rock club! It’s gotta be kinda tough sounding but with a sense of humor. Works for me. Also, the salad to me looks like an adapted ceasar salad (are those white anchovies?)

Lindsey W

Thanks for the info! The sign went up yesterday, and I was curious about the meaning behind the name. I still find it odd that they completely covered the full-length windows that used to open up at CANZ.


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