Author Topic: The Queensboro!  (Read 25094 times)

Offline Dudley

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The Queensboro!
« on: February 27, 2018, 09:34:18 AM »
Hello JH Life! You might remember me from posts such as "Hey the Queensboro is coming soon!"  ;)

Well, guess what - it is coming soon, and we are super excited about it.

For those of you who might not know the story, myself and two other neighborhood guys have been trying to open up a great neighborhood restaurant/bar for several years. We've lived in Jackson Heights for years, we're parents of Jackson Heights kids, and we're into the Jackson Heights community - I'm part of the JH Green Alliance that helped bring the Rory Staunton field into existence, helped make the 78th Street Plaza a reality, etc... we're involved in Farm Spot, in our kids' schools, we hang out in the neighborhood and we love it here.

We finally found a space, signed the lease, raised some money and started construction, and then ran into delays and roadblocks. We've worked our way through them all, and we are finally almost there! Construction is completed, our partnership remains strong, and we have closed out almost all of our permits. It's difficult to say exactly when we'll be able to open our doors because the DoB works in mysterious ways, but it's definitely not a long time away now - a matter of weeks!

I must say with all sincerity that it's looking really great!







We're going to have mostly Queens beers, a delicious range of crafted cocktails, and - what I'm most excited about - amazing food by Chef Tony Liu who has worked as the executive chef in several Keith McNally restaurants. He is the real deal, his food is going to be delicious and exciting, with nods to the neighborhood as well as seasonal dishes using green market ingredients. To give you an idea of what the menu will be, we're structuring it as an American style neighborhood bistro, and to top it off we have a monster pizza oven that's going to be put to good use, and not just for pizza!

We're going to hire locals as much as possible (almost all of the resumes we've gotten so far have been from people who live nearby), we're keeping the prices reasonable, we're going to be there for small groups, big groups, parties, special occasions, afternoon snacks, brunch!!!, dinner, lunch, quick drinks, slow drinks, late night drinks, romantic dinners, family gatherings, great music at a reasonable volume, a place to hold the meetings for your community group, to plan political action, to impress a date...

But now we need your help, Jackson Heights!

All the delays we ran into have been tough, so it would be very helpful to us at this point to get some money to help pay for the last few things that we need. We have in the past asked some close friends to buy gift cards that they can use later - basically paying now for future drinks and food - and we're widening the net in the hope of raising more funds now. We have also asked for investments from friends and family, if that is something you'd like to find out more about feel free to contact me directly (dudley@thequeensboro.com), but if you're able to help us by purchasing a gift card now, we'd really appreciate it.

You can do that here:

http://thequeensboro.com/support/


I'll keep an eye on this thread and answer any questions you may have, or anything else that comes up.

Thank you!
Dudley


Offline idahomie

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Re: The Queensboro!
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2018, 10:40:00 AM »
Thanks for the update, Dudley. So exciting! Love the look of the space, and the menu sounds terrific. I'm glad you guys pulled through, notwithstanding the setbacks. I know already that I'll be a regular. Looking forward to using my gift card soon!

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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2018, 11:43:28 AM »
WOW--the space looks beautiful. This is very exciting.  I just want to say I totally support the advanced purchase "gift card" approach to contributing to a business and I will purchase one myself.  Your webpage makes it look like $250 is the minimum purchase, but once I click I can select any amount. Perhaps you might want to make that clearer on your webpage so as not to scare off smaller contributors.

Offline Shelby2

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Re: The Queensboro!
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2018, 12:50:52 PM »
So exciting!

Offline hum@njukebox1

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Re: The Queensboro!
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2018, 01:06:47 PM »
The pictures look fantastic!  A welcome addition to the community.  Wishing all at the Queensboro much success.

Offline lalochezia

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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2018, 02:15:20 PM »
Dudley, you rock!

WE * ARE * SO * EXCITED * FOR * SOME * GODDAMN * QUALITY * OPTIONS

Offline ljr

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Re: The Queensboro!
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2018, 03:46:51 PM »
Hope you will also carry some great wines! Will purchase a gift card.

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Re: The Queensboro!
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2018, 09:26:28 PM »
Everything strikes me as smart, including the gift card. Nothing and nobody is being left out (except TVs!)

I wish you guys all the success in the world.

jeanette

Offline Dudley

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Re: The Queensboro!
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2018, 11:05:41 PM »
Wow, thank you to everybody who has bought gift cards, we really appreciate it! And yep other amounts are fine, we'll change the language on the site.

Offline toddg

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Re: The Queensboro!
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2018, 01:29:11 AM »
Dudley,

Congratulations on this miraculous transformation from a forlorn, empty carpet store to Jackson Heights' most inviting new living/dining room!  For old times' sake, here are the "before" shots you posted:
http://www.jacksonheightslife.com/community/index.php?topic=10200.msg59653#msg59653

I'll be buying a gift card, and I can't wait to use it!  Best wishes for every success to you and your team.

Offline MrPlaza

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Re: The Queensboro!
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2018, 08:11:57 AM »
I. Cannot. Wait. I had all but lost hope of receiving new options. Moving here from LIC, where we were regulars at LIC Market and even had a table, I’ve missed having a new-American dining option. We’ll be here frequently, starting with a gift card!

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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2018, 10:05:41 AM »
Congrats on the excellent design.

Offline Hertog

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Re: The Queensboro!
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2018, 10:30:11 AM »
Very exciting.

I have purchased a gift card. I look forward to spending time at The Queensboro!

Offline JHMNY

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Re: The Queensboro!
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2018, 10:40:43 AM »
Thanks for bringing the Queensboro to Jackson Heights!  Looking forward to using my gift card! 

Offline homeowner

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Re: The Queensboro!
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2018, 02:22:04 PM »
Can't wait. The place looks terrific!

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« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2018, 02:22:04 PM »