Astoria, Astoria Arrivals, Astoria Closings, Food and Drink, Neighborhood, News Nov 07, 2019 Openings, Closing, Rumors: November 2019 Believe it or not, a lot has changed in the neighborhood since our last roundup in September. Let us know what else you’ve been noticing! Openings Astoriana Lots of readers (…) Share this Scoop by Claire Leaden total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print Believe it or not, a lot has changed in the neighborhood since our last roundup in September. Let us know what else you’ve been noticing! Openings Astoriana Lots of readers (…) 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 (...) Believe it or not, a lot has changed in the neighborhood since our last roundup in September. Let us know what else you’ve been noticing! Openings Credit to Give Me Astoria. Astoriana Lots of readers have been interested in learning more about this taco spot, which is coming to the old QWNS Cafe space, so I wish we had more info! We are working to get in touch with the owners to learn more about the concept and opening date, so stay tuned (or let us know if you chat with anyone working there). 22-35 31st Street, Astoria Credit to Bench Flour Bakers. Bench Flour Bakers Looks like this local baker has taken over the Ani’s Pizza spot! It’s coming from pastry chef Christine Yen — whose goods you may recognize from the Queens Craft Brigade and The Breakfast Shack. Yen told us it will be a “seasonal bakery, so the menu will change frequently depending on what fruits and veggies are at their peak. Everything is made from scratch and from all-natural ingredients.” You’ll be able to find croissants and other breakfast pastries, cookies, pies and more, as well as coffee/espresso drinks, a savory breakfast and lunch menu daily, and brunch on the weekends. AND, they plan on getting a beer and wine license to do beer/wine and dessert pairings, sourcing from local breweries. She said they are currently going through the motions with inspections and permits with ConEd, which is taking longer than expected, but “are crossing our fingers for a December opening.” 4318 25th Ave, Astoria Egéo This Greek seafood restaurant is taking over the old El Boqueron space. We’ll be interviewing the new owner shortly and will write a post with all the details, including an opening date! 31-01 34th Ave, Astoria This space will be “Astorias Secret.” Astoria’s Secret You may have seen this uhh….racy?….Instagram account pop up: @AstoriasSecret. They told us they are a “unique, upscale yet down-to-Earth cocktail bar looking to bring something elegant and uncommon to Astoria.” Their grand premiere will be Thanksgiving Eve, and until then they are doing exclusive “sneak premieres” every Friday and Saturday night in November. Did you get an invite? If so, let us know what it’s really about! 28-53 Steinway St, Astoria The Yard We noticed this signage for a brick oven pizza joint called “The Yard,” across the street from The Bonnie. Looks like they’re also hiring for all positions. 29-11 23rd Ave, Astoria Big Vinny’s Bakery We heard “Big Vinny’s Bakery” popped up on Astoria Blvd…and we’re wondering if it could be the new iteration of Vaccaro’s Bakery since the owner was known as “Big Vinny”? We’ll find out! 30-01 Astoria Blvd, Long Island City Closings Credit to Google Maps. Tierras Colombianas That infamous paper is covering their windows, and their phone line has been disconnected. We’ve heard it’s closed for good :( 3301 Broadway, Astoria Image source: Leng Thai Leng Thai Another Broadway spot, still open for now but has been put on the market for sale. 33-09 Broadway, Astoria Credit to Google Maps. Igloo Cafe UPDATE: We just heard from readers who follow the previous Igloo Cafe owners on Facebook that they’ve taken back possession of the space! They say, “Big things to come. We will once again innovate and bring something original, beautiful and different to the neighborhood just as we did in 2001 when we first opened our doors! Stay tuned…” Apparently a sign in the window says steak? Lots of people have been DM’ing about Igloo Cafe, and sadly, it apparently closed at the end of September according to Give Me Astoria. No word yet on what will replace it. 2226 31st St, Astoria Michael & Angelo’s A reader let us know in the comments of our last roundup that beloved pizza joint Michael & Angelo’s has closed — see above for what is opening in its space — another pizza place called “The Yard.” 29-11 23rd Ave, Astoria Credit to Google Maps. ICONYC Taproom You may not have even realized there was a brewery taproom on this quiet street, but now they’re officially moving to their LIC location, which opened earlier this year at 43-63 11th St, Long Island City. 45-13 34th Ave., Astoria Rumors Queens Bake House Queens Bake House has been closed for weeks, and though their Instagram says it’s “Temporarily Closed For Remodeling,” we heard it’s likely on its way out for good… 3304 Broadway, Astoria The Bad Ass / Park Coffee One reader noticed that the old Bad Ass cocktail bar looks like it’s being turned into “Park Coffee.” Looks like this is the “new concept” they were working on after the bar didn’t work out…more to come. 26-17 23rd Ave, Queens Twitter Facebook Email Print closingnew businessnewsopeningsrumors 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 (...) 15 Comments Saul Arvelo July 24th, 2020 Devastated about Tierras Colombianas. Any idea why they closed or if they moved to a new location? Reply amofosho January 3rd, 2020 Any idea what’s happening in The Adriean Block spot on 21st street and Ditmars? Reply Kiara Alfonseca December 9th, 2019 Is The Yard a chain? Reply The Yard December 10th, 2019 Hi Kiara! No, The Yard is not a chain. We are a family owned brick oven pizzeria. Please stop by any time as we are now open! Reply Ray November 12th, 2019 The badass seemed cool but i have only seen the lights on inside once and before i know it they are closed what hppnd!? Reply Katie November 8th, 2019 To be honest, Astoria Bake House was deeply disappointing, so if they’re closed I’m not mad. Reply Da Man Who Spoketh! November 8th, 2019 I would love for the space below TJ Maxx to turn into a DSW. We need a great shoe store around here, and I believe it’s time for stores like that to get here. Two thumbs down to the fast food chains. Astoria has steadily become a more health conscious community, say, in the last two decades. We love our old school haunts as well as some of the fresh ideas coming into the local food scene. Fast food chains bring the neighborhood down, in my opinion, and makes it feel like a recession hit. No thanks. Reply Mery November 8th, 2019 Really? A DSW? hopefully your not on old Astorian, bc astoria has become over commercial, enough with these big company and let the small mom and pop stores survive…… Reply Patricia A Holliday November 7th, 2019 etaverna recently changed names, right next to the short lived BadAss you mentioned Reply Kristen November 7th, 2019 Any word on the Food Emporium on Broadway? I’m beginning to think they’ll never open. Reply Tony November 7th, 2019 I was sad to see Igloo close. After they close the Chase bank in December there will be three empty storefronts in a row. And the space below TJ Maxx remains empty too. Blight is becoming a real problem in the Ditmars/31st Street area. Reply Mell November 7th, 2019 I too was sad about igloo, while its great that queens cafe is being replaced with a taqueria, there is taco bell, mojave & trucks all over. This is why certain places don’t last long. I wish them all the best of luck. I really wish they would open a trader joes, whole foods etc. An affordable decent market with quality options. I mean taco bell really? Reply wendy November 7th, 2019 I liked Igloo. No place left to get an affordable bacon and egg sandwich Reply pattitweets November 12th, 2019 Sure there is :) Mike’s Diner across the street. Reply Emily November 10th, 2019 I say an Aldi or a ShopRite where the Green Apple supermarket was on 21st Street off 40th Avenue. With the parking lot and the bus lines nearby, they’d make some money! Reply Leave a Reply to Tony Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. 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