Astoria food hall opening this fall promises to showcase the diverse cuisines of Queens

August 7, 2019

Rendering courtesy of EJ Stevens Group

Last summer, a developer announced plans to convert a restaurant supply store and warehouse in Astoria into a food hall. Now, after some construction delays, the World Artisan Market is officially moving forward, as Eater NY first reported on Wednesday, with an expected opening date in the late fall. Developed by the EJ Stevens Group, the former warehouse at 34-39 31st Street will be converted into a retail space with 18,000-square-feet of storefronts which will offer a diverse mix of vendors, from Korean barbecue to a French-Scandinavian bakery.

“At the end of the day, the World Artisan Collection will be a destination of great authentic eating and drinking establishments which come together to create a real sense of place,” Steve Lysohir, the president of EJ Stevens, told 6sqft in an email. “A collection of world cuisines that represent the diversity of Queens.”

According to Lysohir, the group has secured three leases for a total of 4,000 square feet, including an Italian gelateria and cafe from Sotto La Luna, and a French-Scandinavian inspired bakery, Elevenses Viennoiserie.

An additional four spots are under negotiation, but most likely will bring a 2,000-square-foot Korean barbecue spot, Kini, Masala Box for Indian fare, and a restaurant from a soon-to-be-announced South Asian chef. The latter will offer sit-down service, a full bar, and a separate grab-and-go concept.

The remaining available space is connected to 2,000 square foot outdoor space, which the developer envisions as a potential indoor-outdoor space or a beer garden. According to Lysohir, the firm is in talks to add concepts from Middle Eastern, African, Caribbean, or South American cuisine.

[Via Eater NY]


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