Astoria, Astoria Arrivals, Astoria Closings, Food and Drink, News, Real Estate, Restaurants Mar 20, 2019 OPENINGS, CLOSINGS AND RUMORS – EARLY SPRING 2019 EDITION It’s time for the latest edition of “Openings, Closings and Rumors,” to help fill you in on the most recent business news circulating around the neighborhood! As usual, feel free (…) Share this Scoop by Claire Leaden total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print It’s time for the latest edition of “Openings, Closings and Rumors,” to help fill you in on the most recent business news circulating around the neighborhood! As usual, feel free (…) by Claire Leaden Share this Scoop total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print Related scoops Preview Tour: “The Social” Coming to 30th Ave It’s time for the latest edition of “Openings, Closings and Rumors,” to help fill you in on the most recent business news circulating around the neighborhood! As usual, feel free to let us know in the comments if you have any additional insights. Let’s start with the most fun: RUMORS CALEXICO ON 30TH AVE? We received intel that Calexico—the Mexican/California hybrid eatery that started as a street cart and has since expanded throughout NYC, Detroit and Bahrain—may be taking over the former Salt & Bone building (or what I like to call the mini mini Flatiron). Although it isn’t official yet, a spokesperson said: “We have been looking at the area and may be opening there in the near future but nothing is final.” We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we hear more! 32-10 30th Ave, Astoria Credit to Google Maps. OPENINGS OLI.VINE According to its Yelp page, Oli.Vine opened at 36-03 Ditmars Blvd in February. It “introduces a mixture of authentic Mediterranean cuisine which presents a unique blend of rustic and contemporary culinary disciplines.” They seem to pride themselves on offering dishes from “all over the Mediterranean, not just Greece.” The menu on their website offers a variety of meat and cheese boards and delicious-sounding apps like “Jamon Serrano Croquettes” and “Grilled Octopus, Romesco and Confit Potatoes.” Entrees include whole grilled Branzino, grilled lamp chops with couscous, and squid ink linguini with seafood. Let us know how it tastes if you check it out! 36-03 Ditmars Blvd, Queens Credit to Oli.Vine. LIV SALAD From the creators of Chip NYC comes a new salad and bowls spot in the old Winegasm space on 37th St. According to their Instagram, there will be a soft opening this Friday 3/22 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and will also be open Saturday 3/23 during the same time. Expect simple salad and grain bowls with plenty of vegan options. So far they’ve shared their “Fire Flower Bowl,” which contains romaine, quinoa, spicy cauliflower, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, chickpeas, fresh lemon juice and chimichurri sauce. 31-86 37th St, Astoria SWEET HABIT Broadway is an avenue with less coffee shop options, so the new addition of Sweet Habit is welcome to any work-from-homers or caffeine addicts. According to the Astoria Post, it’s owned by two Greek immigrants who have lived in Astoria for 10 years. They offer a selection of coffee drinks with beans roasted locally in Brooklyn, including the preferred Greek “freddo espresso.” They also hope to have outdoor seating in the warmer months. 45-11 Broadway, Long Island City CLOSINGS The Victoria’s Secret location on Steinway is now permanently closed, so if you’re looking for undergarments you’ll have to visit a different location. According to Google maps, the nearest ones are in Manhattan on Lexington between 58th and 59th St., or in Elmhurst. Thanks to Queens Gazette for the scoop. UPDATES THE SOCIAL We spied this advertisement while walking down 30th Ave…and are getting excited. After all, Astoria is a very social neighborhood! So far all we know is that “The Social” is going to offer tapas and cocktails, centering around Astoria’s “melting pot community” with small plates from Mediterranean, American, Latin, Asian and Italian cultures. They are also currently hiring servers, bartenders, bussers and more, so contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume if interested. Stay tuned (and follow their Insta) for more. MIGHTY OAK ROASTERS It’s been a long time coming, but Mighty Oak Roasters is moving toward an opening little by little. The most recent step was receiving their “hand built wood-fired roaster and air cleaning system,” which they’re currently building test fires in according to their Facebook page. When someone inquired about an opening date projection at the beginning of this year, they said: “Not ready yet for a opening date, but getting closer all the time!” 28-01 24th Ave, Astoria Have you seen any other new businesses pop up on your street? Chatted with any insiders about what’s up and coming—or up and closing? Let us know in the comments! Twitter Facebook Email Print businesscalexicoclosingscoffee shopliv saladlocal businessmighty oaknew businessolivineopeningsrumorssaladsweet habitthe social Related scoops Preview Tour: “The Social” Coming to 30th Ave 46 Comments Daisy Pac May 1st, 2019 Did Vaccaro s bakery on Steinway close?? Reply Claire Leaden May 6th, 2019 Just posted an update on the site here: https://weheartastoria.com/2019/05/update-vaccaros-bakery-cafe-closing/. They have to find a new location :( Reply Mahimahi April 14th, 2019 Chips now opened in Ditmars !! Reply jo March 27th, 2019 There is a sign in the old sandwich shop by Kyclades. Coming soon Boutique Bistro and Bar Reply Reilly March 26th, 2019 What the heck is going on with Bare Bone Weekend? Reply Kelsey March 25th, 2019 It looks like there’s a new burger spot opening in the old Queen’s Kickshaw/Ha’s Chinese location on Broadway and 41st… Reply Claire Leaden March 25th, 2019 Thanks, we just saw that too – stay tuned for an update! Reply Josie March 24th, 2019 Would love a Spanish tapas place! Reply Jason March 22nd, 2019 Any updates on the new restaurant/bar Rivercrest on Ditmars next to Taverna Kyclades? Looks like a great space and long overdue! Reply Claire Leaden April 2nd, 2019 We reached out and they said the project is taking a lot lot longer than they expected. It’s an old building and a lot of work has gone into RiverCrest to bring it up to code with the NYC DOB. They will let us know when an opening date is secured (and we will pass on to you)! Reply Tyler March 22nd, 2019 Does anybody have any scoop on the Myriad of places on B-way that have shuttered and/or have not opened yet, ie: -Food Emporium -Boteko (its been almost a year since that sign went up after Minas closed) -Strand (heard this was re-opening) -Bakeway (assume this will also reopen if the Strand does) Reply Claire Leaden April 4th, 2019 Food Emporium told me May – I passed by Boteko yesterday and it was open! Reply Marty June 24th, 2019 The old Conway store at 31 10 Steinway will most likely be a division of TJ maxx(known as home goods store)& is perfect for this transient area Reply Laura March 22nd, 2019 It looks like the Petland Discount is closing on Steinway as well. They’re selling off everything now. Reply Maria Antonucci March 21st, 2019 I think it’s where the Dog House was, between 37th and 38th on the south side. Reply Claire Leaden March 22nd, 2019 Thank you – that sounds right! I was in a bit of a rush when I saw it so I didn’t grab the exact address Reply Maria Antonucci March 21st, 2019 With all these larger stores on Steinway closing maybe a Trader Joe’s could move in! I would love if Steinway would evolve into a shopping strip of stores and eateries that are actually relevant and useful. Reply Ana Mostarac April 5th, 2019 Would kill for a trader joes in astoria!!! Reply astoriatom March 21st, 2019 We need a $ a slice pizza place on B’way, between 31st St & 21st St. A Chinatown style $ dumpling shop would also be nice. Reply Claire Leaden March 21st, 2019 Thanks for all of these awesome tips, guys! We’ll be doing some outreach/research and will share updates as soon as possible Reply Nicole March 20th, 2019 Local Kitchen on Ditmars Blvd took down their window coverings today…any eta on that launch? Reply Marc March 21st, 2019 I saw people working in the spot and asked them about the plan. They said it is going to be a Turkish restaurant. Reply Claire Leaden March 22nd, 2019 Thank you! Reply Claire Leaden April 2nd, 2019 Some updated info is in our new edition: https://weheartastoria.com/2019/03/openings-closings-rumors-early-spring-part-ii/comment-page-1/#comment-569077 Reply Diana March 20th, 2019 What’s coming to broadway across from Starbucks, next to Bahari? Reply Kristen Hanson March 26th, 2019 Very curious to know what’s going here! Looks like they’re close to opening. They have bistro tables set up so it looks like some kind of cafe. Maybe a coffee place? Reply Claire Leaden March 26th, 2019 Us too! We are trying to figure out Reply Claire Leaden April 2nd, 2019 Check out our new post for the scoop! https://weheartastoria.com/2019/04/turkish-restaurateur-orhan-yegen-revamp-broadway-lokanta/ Reply Jaisy March 20th, 2019 How about Dragon & Phoenix take-out moving two stores from McCann’s Pub on Ditmars!? Reply Ricky March 20th, 2019 Where on 30th is that Social place? Reply Claire Leaden March 26th, 2019 Where the Dog House was, between 37th and 38th Reply Adrienne March 20th, 2019 Any new updates on the possible Pig Beach BBQ location in the old Studio Square space?? Reply Megan March 20th, 2019 Brother Crepe on 30 closed and now there’s Culinary Noodle Kitchen there – looks like they just opened – and they have dumplings Reply Claire Leaden April 2nd, 2019 Thanks! We included more info here: https://weheartastoria.com/2019/03/openings-closings-rumors-early-spring-part-ii/comment-page-1/#comment-569077 Reply Erin March 20th, 2019 I am excited about Calexico possibly coming to the ‘hood. As for Sweet Habit, let’s hope it stays open. That store has been a revolving door the past few years. I noticed Victoria’s Secret was closed today. It is so unfortunate the number of empty stores on Steinway Street these days. I don’t mind the chain restaurants and stores. It is much less of an eyesore than some of those stores that have been empty for years, collecting debris inside. There was an article on Gothamist yesterday about landlords having to report empty stores. I am not sure if this reporting of the vacancies will help in anyway. It is really depressing. Reply Theresa Burton March 21st, 2019 Rent probably high. Most people shop at Queens center Mall. They said it on news most of the Victoria Secret will be closing I told the cashier in Harlem too. Reply Jasmine March 20th, 2019 What is going on at the strand smokehouse? Reply Andrea March 20th, 2019 Any inside info on TJMaxx opening? I was noticing a painter inside this morning and today is spring. :) Reply Jenn March 20th, 2019 Yes I’d love to know if this is actually happening?? Also do we know of plans for all the empty store fronts on Steinway? Everything seems to be closing. Reply Louie April 6th, 2019 Is Steinway going to become blocks and blocks of overpriced high rise luxury apartment buildings like those areas in Long Island City by the Citicorp building and by Queensboro Plaza? Reply Debra March 26th, 2019 Grand opening is scheduled for May 5 per TJ Maxx website Reply Claire Leaden March 26th, 2019 Thanks! Reply Amelia March 20th, 2019 Apparently Ricky’s is closing as well on Steinway Reply John March 20th, 2019 Waiting on info for the dog run opening near the Astoria blvd station. Older news articles mention a spring opening? Reply Claire Leaden March 20th, 2019 Thanks, we’re on it! Reply Claire Leaden April 4th, 2019 Update is here! https://weheartastoria.com/2019/03/openings-closings-rumors-early-spring-part-ii/ Reply Leave a Reply to Jaisy 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.