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Astoria’s beloved Bareburger restaurant has some big, nationwide plans coming its way. In just four years since first launching at 33-21 31st Ave., Bareburger has grown into a chain of 14 restaurants across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens

According to DNAinfo, co-owner Euripides Pelekanos said Bareburger will have another 6 locations in the city by the end of 2013. By the end of 2014, they hope to add 15-20 restaurants in places like Long Island, New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio. “We didn’t have big plans or big intentions,” Pelekanos told DNAinfo about the restaurant’s original opening. But when Bareburger’s popularity soared, Pelekanos realized “we have something really, really awesome here.”

Most New Yorkers would probably agree.  GMAP

Astoria’s Own Bareburger Expanding Across the East Coast [DNAInfo]

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Astoria sports fans are buzzing about a new bar and restaurant opening up on 31st St. and Ditmars Blvd. Sweet Spot, taking over the old OTB space at 22-72 31st St., announced it will officially open the last week in August. Sweet Spot has been in development for at least eight months now, and its arrival is highly anticipated. The 7,000 square-foot lounge will feature 43 TVs on two floors. Yes, that’s not a type. 43 televisions. The bar will serve plenty of beer of course, plus some Greek-inspired bar food like eggplant pizza and deep-fried feta cheese. As the owner(s) said on their Facebook page, this opening is just in time for football season. A great excuse to go check it out. GMAP

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Popular Astoria restaurant Trattoria L’incontro may be coming to Long Island City soon. The upscale Italian restaurant is currently in talks to add a second location at 45-40 Center Boulevard. Developer TF Cornerstone owns that waterfront high-rise property, and L’incontro owner Rocco Sacramone told DNAinfo that a deal is very likely. ‘”[Long Island City is] really the new and upcoming area,'” Sacramone told the website. The original Trattoria L’incontro (pictured above) is at 21-76 31st St. near Ditmars Boulevard. It opened in 1999 and is considered one of the best Italian restaurants in the neighborhood.

Astoria’s Trattoria L’incontro Eying Possible Hunter’s Point Location [DNAinfo]

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A new, old-school oyster and cocktail bar has opened in Astoria. Mar’s, which began its “soft opening” two weeks ago, is currently serving cocktails and several fresh oyster varieties. A more extensive menu, featuring American and Mediterranean-influenced cuisine, should be arriving next month with the addition of a fully-functioning kitchen.  

At 34-21 34th Ave., Mar’s replaced the Sophia Taverna restaurant which has been closed for some time. Social media is already buzzing about their food and drinks as well as their vintage-y interior décor. As the word spreads, Mar’s is looking to become a very popular spot. GMAP

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Astoria’s staple Greek eatery, Uncle George’s Greek Tavern, closed its doors last month. Its telephone number was officially disconnected last week, and a new landlord has taken over the building. The restaurant, located at 33-19 Broadway since 1978, apparently owed around $55,000 in back rent. Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) told The Daily News, “It’s the end of an era. It represented a wonderful picture of the past. It was a classic Greek taverna.” The 24-hour restaurant served traditional Greek food like spinach pie and grape leaves. It is unknown what will happen to the building yet.

Uncle George’s Tavern Owed $55,000 in Back Rent Says Lawyer for New Landlord [NY Daily News] GMAP

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Astoria’s got another new pub and food joint to add to its list: Snowdonia. Located at 34-55 32nd Street, this gastropub will serve a good selection of canned and draft beer, along with plenty of classic pub dishes. While they officially opened to the public on June 27, there is a bit of a catch: For the moment, they are serving only food, not beer, as the location awaits its liquor license approval later this month. They’re calling it their soft opening. So while you’re waiting for the beer to start flowing, check out Snowdonia for fish and chips, mussels, shrimp cocktail and more. GMAP

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Ditmars Boulevard recently saw the addition of a new sandwich shop and beer and wine bar. The Sandwich Bar, open since May 29 at 33-01 Ditmars, bills itself as the best place for “slow roasted, hand carved meats.” They feature a wide array of deli sandwiches, along with salads, soups and burgers. The beer and wine selection is extensive. They are open for lunch, dinner, and late-night drinks. GMAP

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Wood-fired pizza restaurant Milkflower officially opened for business last week at 34-12 31st Avenue in Astoria. They make their own mozzarella for the pizzas fresh daily and serve a wide variety of appetizers, including bruschetta and salads. The name of the restaurant refers to mozzarella made from cow’s milk, known as Fior di Latte, literally “flower of the milk” or “milkflower” in Italian. GMAP

 

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Do-it-yourself sushi? That’s the idea behind Pink Nori, a sushi restaurant coming soon to 36-06 30th Avenue in Astoria. The brainchild of Stony Brook University student Jesse Tang, Pink Nori appears to be an entirely new concept to the New York restaurant scene, as We Heart Astoria reported. Tang, who recently won the $10,000 Long Island Youth Entrepreneur Challenge for his idea, plans to open the restaurant with his family later this summer. The restaurant gets its name from a type of sushi wrapper made from soybeans, not seaweed, that comes in pink, among other colors. We’re looking forward to trying out some of these colorful creations. GMAP

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Astoria will soon be getting its first a new independent book store. Located just a half-block away from the N/Q Broadway stop, Astoria Bookshop is slated to open in mid-August at 31-29 31st Street. The store will have a wide selection of print and e-books available, and the owners plan to host book clubs, writers groups, author signings, children’s story hours, and other events. Welcome to the neighborhood! GMAP