Astoria, Astoria Arrivals, Astoria Closings, Community, Featured, Food and Drink, Long Island City, Neighborhood, News Sep 26, 2019 Openings, Closings and Rumors: Early Fall 2019 What’s in, what’s out in the neighborhood lately… OPENINGS New Yorkers used to have to take a bus, train and ferry to outfit their apartments with affordable minimalist furniture while (…) Share this Scoop by Claire Leaden total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print What’s in, what’s out in the neighborhood lately… OPENINGS New Yorkers used to have to take a bus, train and ferry to outfit their apartments with affordable minimalist furniture while (…) by Claire Leaden Share this Scoop total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print Related scoops Openings, Closings and Rumors: Mid-Winter 2020 Openings, Closings and Rumors: New Year 2020 Trader Joe’s is Likely Coming to LIC…(plus a few (...) What’s in, what’s out in the neighborhood lately… OPENINGS Mock-up_Credit to IKEA. New Yorkers used to have to take a bus, train and ferry to outfit their apartments with affordable minimalist furniture while enjoying mini meatballs (it was located in Red Hook)–but now, there’s an IKEA on the Upper East Side AND one coming to Rego Park in Queens. IKEA announced this week that it will be opening a “115,000-square-foot store in the Rego Center shopping mall in summer 2020,” according to Patch.com. The area is already pretty crowded due to the mall, but at least we’ll have a close location? What do you think? Credit to Sway Cafe. Cafe Sway This coffee shop popped up earlier this month on 34th Ave and 42nd St; their grand opening was this past Sunday. According to their Facebook page, they also offer a menu with sandwiches, pastries and crepes–with Balkan specialties. Let us know if you check it out! 41-10 34th Avenue Viva Viva Taqueria Cantina We noticed this sign on the old Bonjour Crepes location on 30th Ave. It doesn’t appear to be a chain, and who can say no to more happy hour margaritas? 3410 30th Ave Remix Market The Junk Luggers parking garage on 11th St between 34th Ave and Broadway is now a Remix Market re-use space. According to their website, it’s a “refinishing shop established for the purpose of upcycling furniture and other household items.” A neighbor let us know there are lots of furniture and random stuff in good shape. Not everything is priced so they should be open to bargaining. 33-56 11th St Credit to r40LIC. r40 This new Argentinian restaurant in LIC looks delicious. According to their website, the restaurant boasts an “open kitchen equipped with a wood burning parilla, a seasonal backyard oasis and locally sourced food prepared with thoughtfulness.” Their menu isn’t online yet, but the photo gallery showcases some type of prawn with large calamari and lemon, and some refreshing fruity cocktails! 47-16 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City Ibari New shop featuring textiles and gifts from Africa. 23rd Ave between 27th and 26th St And there’s a new pet boarder and groomer on 21st Ave and 31st St. We don’t have the name or photos of the space, so let us know if you do! Also, check out our piece on Bar Dalia coming to the old Pachanga/Freckled Moose space this winter! CLOSINGS Credit to Gimo Nasiff. Bungalo Lounge According to Craig’s list, Bungalo Lounge on Broadway is on the market. It was only open a few days a weekend, and never seemed crowded except on the weekends when there were ample noise complaints, so it makes sense that it’s time has come…it’s a well-trafficked spot so who knows what will be there next! 32-03 Broadway Republic Pizza & Bar Republic Pizzeria and bar on Hoyt Ave North has been closed for a little while (seemingly after a metal multi-story addition to the building), and now appears to be on the market as well. 33-29 Astoria Blvd A&F Catering After 52 years on 23rd Ave, this family-run deli/catering business is going. Sad to see such a long-standing business shut down. 2802 23rd Ave A speed-round of closings we don’t have extra insight on: Duane Reade on Broadway/Steinway is closing (4002 Broadway) Bar Italia has been closed (35-03 Broadway, Astoria) Joe’s Asian Fusion has closed (3319 36th Ave, Astoria) RUMORS Credit to Google Maps. Polito’s We’ve been getting lots of questions about Polito’s on Broadway since it has been covered in paper. It has not closed down, but has apparently moved to Steinway (at 34th Ave). Credit to Loose Leaf. Loose Leaf UPDATE: According to readers this has just opened back up! Loose Leaf Tea has been covered in paper as well. Unfortunately we haven’t heard back if it’s permanently closed or just renovations. Let us know if you know! 28-10 23rd Ave The Bad Ass We haven’t been able to get a concrete answer on this one either, but it appears to be closed. Their Instagram (where we were communicated with them) appears to be deleted, and according to this Reddit thread the owner is “re-thinking the concept.” 26-17 23rd Ave, Queens Twitter Facebook Email Print closingsopeningsrumors Related scoops Openings, Closings and Rumors: Mid-Winter 2020 Openings, Closings and Rumors: New Year 2020 Trader Joe’s is Likely Coming to LIC…(plus a few (...) 16 Comments Jackie November 8th, 2019 I see looking at the picture of Astoriana that yet another brick building has been painted white. The Joanna Gainesing of our neighborhood must be stopped. Reply Maria Trotta October 15th, 2019 I am devastated to announce that MichaelAngelos on 23rd ave bear ditmars seems to have closed. I have been eating pizza here for almost a decade and it just vanished! Why?! What till I do now?! Reply Dap October 10th, 2019 Any idea whats going in to the Duane Reade building after it closes? Reply DA MAN, MANNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! October 4th, 2019 I find way better and tastier tea from elsewhere, MANNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reply Bill October 2nd, 2019 Polito’s moved to Steinway near Metropolitain lumber Reply Ryan September 27th, 2019 Looks like Loose Leaf is back open. Reply Claire Leaden September 30th, 2019 Thank you! Reply Dana September 30th, 2019 Loose leaf was closed temporarily while the owners were in Greece sourcing tea. I stopped in one day and talked to the owners Reply Craig Weisfeld September 27th, 2019 Hoping that the owners of The Badass bar re concept the bar into a bar that isn’t the worst bar ever with a name so stupid it defies belief. So sad to hear about Andrew and Franks though. Reply Caitlin Ayer September 27th, 2019 Ahhhhh!!! By Joe’s Asian Fusion, do you mean JJ’s Asian Fusion?? Nooooo!!! Reply Brikka September 30th, 2019 That’s the JJ’s address but I think We Heart is talking about Joe’s Asian & Sushi on 36th Ave which does appear to be closed https://www.yelp.com/biz/joe-asian-and-sushi-astoria Reply Claire Leaden September 30th, 2019 Yes – sorry! Case of copying the first Google address (which was wrong). Thanks! Reply Jill September 27th, 2019 Hi new to the neighborhood- what is the story with Food Emporium? Is it going to open any time soon? Thanks Reply Tyler Rhubright September 27th, 2019 They JUST put up “Now Hiring” signs this week!! So, FINALLY, it looks like it may be opening soon :) Reply Nancy Alvarez September 27th, 2019 Hi, I have a question about Blossom Nails that was on 31 street and Ditmars Blvd. Di you know if they relocated or did they just close? Thank you, Nancy Reply C. Shannon September 30th, 2019 Gone for almost a year Reply Leave a Reply to Maria Trotta 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.