Astoria, Bars Jun 28, 2017 Finally! Old Top Tomato Space Getting a New Tenant Get ready, Ditmartians – a new bar is coming to the strip! Share this Scoop by Meg Cotner total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print Get ready, Ditmartians – a new bar is coming to the strip! by Meg Cotner Share this Scoop total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print Related scoops Astoria News and Rumors, Late Summer 2017 Edition Ditmars Vacancies – Places We Wish Had Tenants Via John T. on Yelp Top Tomato in its heyday. Years ago the Ditmars neighborhood had a 24 hour produce market called Top Tomato (33-15 Ditmars Blvd), located on the ground floor of the Acropolis building. It was a large place and there was a certain delight one took in buying vegetables in the middle of the night (it’s bright storefront also made that section safer for walking in the middle of the night). It closed in 2009, was replaced by Astoria Farmers Market in 2010, lasting about a year, and since then the space has been dark. But the good news is that it has a new tenant—a bar. Yes, yet another bar on Ditmars; the strip is starting to resemble (sort of) the area 60 years ago, when there was a bar on every block. As far as the bar opening in the old Top Tomato space, It’s going to be run by four partners, according to a source. We’ve also heard, “There is a lot of red tape with the building so they are being held up.” Case in point, currently there is a stop work order on the space from two years ago (probably before the new tenants had anything to do with the place), so don’t expect the place to open anytime soon. We heard rumors over the years that the reason nobody leased the location was the exorbitant rent—some folks said it was upwards of $20,000/month. Who knows what it is now. But we are glad someone is moving in and bringing life to that part of the block. We’ll keep our eyes on this space and bring you more info as we get it. Twitter Facebook Email Print ditmarsnew baropeningsTop Tomato 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. Related scoops Astoria News and Rumors, Late Summer 2017 Edition Ditmars Vacancies – Places We Wish Had Tenants 15 Comments Thomas Bornemann January 8th, 2018 Stout. Reply Threemoons August 4th, 2017 Eh, I would really rather see another produce market there. I used to live on 23rd Avenue and LOVED Top Tomato. It’s an eyesore now. Now, I live near 30th Avenue, and United Fruits and Vegetables is my go-too. A bar of that size on Ditmars is totally unneeded and I can’t imagine the owners/tenants of Acropolis OKing it; I can only imagine what a nightmare it would be to live over. Reply Ben July 13th, 2017 Any idea who the partners are/what type of bar it will be? Reply BW July 13th, 2017 Any Idea what kind of bar it will be/who the partners are? Reply Nicole Agnone July 5th, 2017 Hi Meg, Do you know when the Steinway clock is going to be put back in its place? I heard that it has been repaired. Reply Meg Cotner July 6th, 2017 I don’t but I can look into it. Thanks for the suggestion! Reply Pauline June 29th, 2017 Heard it’s going to be a Shake Shack. Reply Meg Cotner June 29th, 2017 We heard that rumor, too, months ago. It would really be something if Shake Shack opened in Astoria! Reply Astoria Native August 5th, 2017 And the rivalry between Shake Shack and Bareburger continues. Reply Andy June 29th, 2017 A bar right there will make the Kyclades wait a little easier to manage. Reply Meg Cotner June 29th, 2017 That’s a very good point! Reply Maria June 29th, 2017 Really another bar …. is that what we really need in Astoria? Reply Jane July 5th, 2017 Totally agree! 30th avenue has enough and now I fear they want to make the more laid back Ditmars into a mini Hoboken :( Reply Meredith July 7th, 2017 this space had so much potential, and it seems like such a waste to just get another bar. disappointing. Reply Melanie July 13th, 2017 I’m very ok with another Ditmars bar, actually! It’s nice to be able to have variety! And more successfully lure friends from the other boroughs to spend their nights in Queens instead :) Reply Leave a Reply to Andy Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.