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?
Thai Kitchen by the Sea, at 67-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, just opened in the Rockaways and is serving up lunch, dinner and takeout. Yesterday was the first day of service and they are planning a grand opening party for the near future. The massive menu includes many Thai classics, including curry and noodle dishes, soups and salads. There’s also a lunch special from 12 to 3:30 pm everyday. You can see photos of the construction, and the interior space, right here. GMAP
How did we miss this?! A few days ago LIC Talk reported that M. Wells Steakhouse planned to open on Tuesday, November 12th. (Last we heard the restaurant aimed to open around Christmastime, pushed back from a summer opening.) The so-called “meat temple” will seat 80 people, serve both meat and poultry, and feature a concrete trough holding live trout. The M. Wells dinette at MoMA PS1 will remain open. As LIC Talk says: “With its arrival, I expect all the new hotels built in LIC, to fill up with international foodies making a pilgrimage to this temple of meat. Hopefully a few of the locals will also be able to squeeze in.”
According to both Wyckoff Heights and Grub Street a brick oven pizza restaurant named Houdini just opened at 1563 Decatur Street. The owners were also behind the Miss Williamsburg diner, which closed years ago. They designed a space with exposed brick walls and an open kitchen, as well as a menu with six pizzas, two salads and three desserts. (Check it out here.) There are plans to expand the menu in the near future and eventually open a bar in restaurant’s basement.