Properly-liked neighborhood restaurant Queens Consolation is ready to close its doors this weekend after greater than 9 years on thirtieth Avenue. Proprietor Donald D’Alessio introduced the restaurant’s closure in a post to Instagram earlier this week, citing the monetary pressure of working a enterprise with restricted out of doors seating. The neighborhood restaurant’s final day of service will probably be Sunday, October 11.
Like countless other establishments throughout the town, D’Alessio pointed to the improbability of preserving a enterprise afloat on takeout, supply, and out of doors eating gross sales alone. “Working through the pandemic is simply too troublesome for a brunch spot with 14 seats on the sidewalk heading into the slowest season of the yr, winter,” the proprietor shared in a GoFundMe campaign for the restaurant. Confronted with lease and the winter months, the restaurant “had no selection however to shut,” in keeping with the submit.
Following the announcement on Instagram, Queens Consolation obtained an outpouring of help within the type of takeout orders, GoFundMe donations, and social media feedback, together with one from Queens congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Takeout and supply orders from the restaurant have been so excessive this week that D’Alessio has needed to shut its doorways intermittently simply to maintain up: first to give its staff a break, then to catch-up on Grubhub orders, and most lately to prepare for its closing weekend of service.
A GoFundMe fundraiser began by D’Alessio earlier this week has already amassed greater than $6,000 in donations on the time of writing, with funds to go in the direction of paying employees and settling small money owed with native distributors.
D’Alessio says he plans to reopen the restaurant in Astoria, simply as quickly as shoulder-to-shoulder Sunday brunch can happen once more. “We are able to solely take issues daily proper now,” he wrote within the submit.
Queens Consolation first opened its doorways in 2011, three blocks away from its present residence at 36-18 thirtieth Avenue, close to thirty seventh Avenue. True its identify, the beloved neighborhood restaurant serves an ingenious array of brunch classics and luxury meals, together with a hangover-busting plate of Eggs Benedict made with fig jam and brie. The restaurant confronted closure as soon as earlier than, in January 2018 when it introduced it will be leaving its longtime residence at 40-09 thirtieth Avenue. Three days after the announcement, nonetheless, the restaurant confirmed its plans to reopen at its present location in an over-the-top Youtube video set to David Bowie’s “Adjustments,” and that includes speaking Cap’n Crunch and Darth Vader motion figures.
One can solely hope for the same final result this time round.