Yesterday, Five Napkin Burger sent out an email first published by We Heart Astoria:
After three years, we have decided to close the 5 Napkin Burger in Astoria. It was a hard decision to make as we have enjoyed being part of the community, but we are eager now to focus on other growth opportunities for 5 Napkin Burger in New York City and beyond. On a positive note many of our valued team members will be joining us at one of our three Manhattan locations or at a sister Tour de France restaurant. We appreciate the enthusiasm of our guests, and want to thank you again for your support and we hope to see you soon in Manhattan.
The mini burger chain, located at 35-01 36th Street, officially closed as of Monday. It opened in that location in 2010.
Fatty’s Cafe, which has lived for ten years on Ditmars and Crescent, is making moves. We Heart Astoria notes that Fatty’s will move to 45-17 28th Avenue, the former Stove restaurant space, while the old Fatty’s Cafe space will become a pharmacy. The new location will have a total of 1,600 square feet as well as a backyard. The Fatty’s crew promises it’ll be “bigger and FATTER than ever!” The old location will close in late December, the 28th Avenue location is slated to debut this January.
The Queens County Market is hosting a pie bake-off this Sunday and donating all the proceeds to Oxfam America, for relief and re-building efforts to Typhoon Haiyan. Tickets cost $12 to sample pies and vote for your favorite. Besides featuring local bakers, the bake-off will have pies from Singlecut Beer, Queens Kickshaw, Edible Queens and the Queens County Market. To register to compete, or to buy a ticket — go here.
Transmitter Brewing is officially the seventh brewery for Queens, reports the New York Daily News. The owners plan to open at 52-03 11th Street, right off the Pulaski Bridge, by March of next year. According to the News, the owners “are using about 30 strains of yeast to create a line of farmhouse ales.” They will sell bottles and growlers at the brewery, and the Transmitter Brewing website states that the brewery will also have a community supported beer share. The two owners met as members of a road bike racing team; since then they have made beer together for two years. You can follow their progress on the new space through the Transmitter Facebook account.
Forest Hills is getting a new burger joint in seven days! Edge of the City noticed the Twist and Smash’d awning up at 72-06 Austin Street — the photo above comes from the businesses’ Facebook page. Earlier this fall, Twist and Smash’d set up shop in front of the storefront for the Forest Hills Fall Festival. You can see the menu here.
The Baroness, a bar located at 41-26 Crescent Street (right off Queens Plaza North), celebrates its grand opening tonight. The joint will serve wine, craft beers, and snacks like cheese, flatbread and charcuterie. Here is the menu. The bar also serves champagne, which the bartenders will apparently open with swords. The owners built out the space mainly using materials salvaged from Long Island City — the wood behind the bar comes from 100-year-old joists from a nearby building. Looks like a promising addition near Queensboro Plaza! GMAP
LIC Post shares all the juicy details on Coffeed’s plans to open a cafe in Hunters Point South Park. The Long Island City-based coffee joint will open its park outpost in January — previously Coffeed announced that it would open in spring. It’ll be called LIC Landing by Coffeed and serve breakfast and lunch (using many locally-grown products), as well as wine, beer, coffee and tea. The concession, which will go right next to the ferry terminal, will have its own kiosk and enough space under the canopy to fit 100 seats. There will be waiter service under the canopy and take-out service at the kiosk. Coffeed plans to run the concession every day of the year from 6:30 am to 10 pm. Cannot wait!
M. Wells Steakhouse opened on Tuesday, but the opening was strictly for family and friends. According to LIC Post, tomorrow is the first day the public can visit the so-called meat temple. The owners are working on building a catamaran inside the restaurant, which will unfortunately not be finished by the opening tomorrow. The restaurant seats 70 and the menu focuses on steak and seafood. Have any lucky readers out there seen the interior space and tried the menu?
Queens is the new home to a number of experimental, small-scale breweries, reports the New York Daily News. Here’s the roundup: Big Alice Brewing and Rockaway Brewing Company opened in Long Island City within the past year, SingleCut Beersmiths opened late last year in Astoria, Bridge and Tunnel Brewery opened in 2012 in Maspeth, and Finback Breweryis under construction in Glendale. Finback hopes to open by the end of the year. Another brewery, Queens Brewery, is actually located in Saratoga Springs, but the owner hopes to move operations to the borough by the end of 2014. SingleCut is the largest of the Queens breweries, and will brew about 3,000 barrels by the end of its first year. The owners hope to double production by the second year. Big Alice is by far the most experimental of the breweries, brewing up concoctions like a Rye Saison with Garam Masala. And as the owner of Queens Brewery says, regarding his plans to set up shop in Queens: “The whole purpose of this entire company is to put Queens on the map. We want to make Queens sexy.” Queens Brewery, following the familiar path of the Brooklyn Brewery?