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Offline Stew

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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2015, 08:55:02 PM »
Thanks everyone for your encouragement.

Sunday, going to 78th and 34th to talk with vendors about how my restaurant can support our Jackson Heights Greenmarket.

Want to thank Espresso 77 for telling me that the space for the restaurant might be available.

Best,

Stew


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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2015, 09:01:15 PM »
You should talk to the owner/chef of Woodside's Casa Del Chef.  He often builds his menus from produce he buys at our Farmer's market.  FYI Casa de Chef is by far the best restaurant within walking distance of Jackson Heights.

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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2015, 09:34:45 PM »
We just returned tonight from Pio Pio. Love that place!

The menu is limited, yes. But each item is delicious.
We never wait for a table.
The Sangria - spiked with Brandy - is delicious. We probably spend more on drinks than food.
We eat out every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
We don't have kids.
We don't like to go to restaurants that cater to families. Yet we are never bothered by kids at Pio Pio. Why is that? I don't know. But do that!
We don't go to restaurants that have TVs.
We don't always eat in the neighborhood. We travel back to Brooklyn often for our favorite restaurants.
We wish we didn't have to go so far.



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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2015, 09:56:48 PM »
We just returned tonight from Pio Pio. Love that place!

The menu is limited, yes. But each item is delicious.
We never wait for a table.
The Sangria - spiked with Brandy - is delicious. We probably spend more on drinks than food.
We eat out every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
We don't have kids.
We don't like to go to restaurants that cater to families. Yet we are never bothered by kids at Pio Pio. Why is that? I don't know. But do that!
We don't go to restaurants that have TVs.
We don't always eat in the neighborhood. We travel back to Brooklyn often for our favorite restaurants.
We wish we didn't have to go so far.

If you want Pio Pio, you will find my restaurant disappointing.
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Offline pipman

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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #19 on: April 25, 2015, 07:48:26 AM »
Someone who likes Pio Pio may enjoy your restaurant.  Look forward to hearing more about it and the menu.  I am sure you would welcome all.  As far as family friendly--not sure what that means really.   I am fine going to nice restaurants with families when the parents make sure their kids behave and don't disturb other diners.  There is the iHop and are two Chuck e Cheese restaurants in Queens a short drive from Jackson Heights.  But, seriously this and the new Queensboro restaurant slated for Northern Blvd. is exciting news for the culinary scene in the 'hood.  Also looking forward to trying the Casa del Chef in nearby Woodside.  Good luck with the opening!

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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #20 on: April 25, 2015, 09:34:46 AM »

Best of Luck with everything Stew, will be a great addition to our 'hood !

And although it will not be a formal establishment, may I humbly suggest to please consider your restaurant lighting to have an ambience, there are so many dining establishments in our 'hood that do not consider this, I am a firm believer the right lighting draws people in! After the great food ofcourse :)

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« Reply #21 on: April 25, 2015, 10:14:23 AM »
And although it will not be a formal establishment, may I humbly suggest to please consider your restaurant lighting to have an ambience ... I am a firm believer the right lighting draws people in!

Don't be humble about it :)

I believe that the ambience of a dining room and the service are every bit as important as the food, and that lighting is a critical component of ambience. The reason that the renovations will take a few months is that we're replacing the existing flooring, walls and ceiling. We'll also be building a small bar that can accommodate about seven guests.

Like everyone else, I have design ideas, but this is a job for a professional. We've taken the unorthodox route of hiring a production/stage designer from the NY theater world. We had our second meeting yesterday and lighting was very much part of the discussion. On Monday, which is when I take over the premises, he'll be dropping by for a tour of the space and of the Jackson Heights neighborhood. He has a copy of the Landmarks Preservation Commission's study.

Lighting, floors, walls, ceiling, bar, bathrooms, furniture, art ... lots to do but very exciting.







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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #22 on: April 25, 2015, 10:58:55 AM »
This is all great news and very. Exciting. I wish you the best of luck. From the things you are saying it seems you're on the right track. Personally I don't think kid-friendly should be a priority. But decor, lighting and service will indeed make a difference and please don't forget attention to careful selection of music that makes the mood and shows some thought, creativity and sense of fun. All obvious things in other neighborhoods but still a rarity here. But hopefully not for long. Good luck.

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« Reply #23 on: April 25, 2015, 12:52:12 PM »
... please don't forget attention to careful selection of music that makes the mood and shows some thought, creativity and sense of fun.

Yes, preferably at a level consistent with guests carrying on a conversation. Acoustics and addressing reverb is one of the trickier design challenges. At the moment, many restaurants take the view that deafening is good. It's believed to promote a good "vibe" and "turnover" of tables. We won't be going there.

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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #24 on: April 25, 2015, 01:23:59 PM »
This is great news! I hope you open soon and are able to get a liquor license with ease.
We look forward to having a great brunch spot in easy walking distance. You think you will be open by the fall?

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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #25 on: April 25, 2015, 01:56:59 PM »
You think you will be open by the fall?

The best advice I got was to take over an existing restaurant with approvals and permits in place.

We're giving ourselves five months to renovate the dining area and bathrooms and build a small bar; and, of course, train staff. It's a good deal of work, but I believe doable.

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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #26 on: April 25, 2015, 02:49:20 PM »
I love Pio Pio, but there's enough of that here... an American place would be very welcomed.

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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #27 on: April 25, 2015, 02:54:39 PM »
... please don't forget attention to careful selection of music that makes the mood and shows some thought, creativity and sense of fun.

Yes, preferably at a level consistent with guests carrying on a conversation. Acoustics and addressing reverb is one of the trickier design challenges. At the moment, many restaurants take the view that deafening is good. It's believed to promote a good "vibe" and "turnover" of tables. We won't be going there.

Thank you. Loud music--or, frankly, any music that's too clearly selected to signal X identity, whatever X is--annoys me to no end.

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« Reply #28 on: April 25, 2015, 03:49:14 PM »
I love the design process and thought I'd share this. I call it an inspiration collage, although in current parlance it might be called a mashup. It's the result of a meeting yesterday to come up with ideas for materials, textures, and a color palette. We used lots of sources, from photos to a 1930s poster by A.M. Cassandre for Maison Prunier, a Paris restaurant I trained at, to the colors of a favorite tie. I couldn't be happier with our designer, and I'm looking forward to the journey from here to the final design.


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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #29 on: April 25, 2015, 04:40:11 PM »
The design "concept board" is smashing! This place looks as if it might really raise the bar in Jackson Heights. Party on!!

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