Image source: Strawberry’s Sports Grill
The Queens Courier reports that Strawberry’s Sports Grill (GMAP) suddenly closed its doors last night. The Courier concludes that “poor management ran the popular Douglaston dive to the ground.” The sports bar, started by Mets and Yankees player Darryl Strawberry, opened in 2010 and was run by his brother, Michael Strawberry, though he did not manage the place on a daily basis.
The Strawberry brothers say they are not to blame for the closing. In Michael Strawberry’s words, “Rest assured it had nothing to do with my brother and me.” Over 30 employees are now left without a job and paychecks that have bounced. They had an inkling earlier, though, that the place was on the way out when the restaurant stopped ordering food for the kitchen. The workers do not blame the Strawberry brothers for the demise of the business.
Strawberry’s opening in Douglaston was met with a very positive reception. The opening party was attended by celebrities like Justin Timberlake, and Yankee baseball legends Whitey Ford, and Bernie Williams. The place did quite well, and was often crowded with patrons, there to watch a game, enjoy some of the food and drink, or perhaps even catch a glimpse of Darryl Strawberry himself. It was in a great location, just steps from the Douglaston LIRR stop.
Strawberry’s closes suddenly this weekend [Queens Courier]
Darryl Strawberry’s restaurant in Queens to unexpectedly close [Examiner]