April 24, By Hannah Wulkan
A local restaurateur is opening up a new upscale diner and market in the old Astor Bake Shop storefront.
When it opens in a few months, Astoria Provisions, at 12-23 Astoria Boulevard, will check many culinary boxes, including coffee shop and bakery, gourmet restaurant, and market for unique food products.
The new restaurant is the brainchild of John Parlatore, who also owns Gastroteca at 33-02 34th Avenue, and it will offer a “concept that is not served in Astoria,” Parlatore said.
Astoria provisions will have a coffee bar and bakery case in the front part of the restaurant, which will sell gourmet pastries, including specialty homemade yeast doughnuts with flavors such as bacon jelly sugar powder, matcha, and one stuffed with Nutella and rolled in cornflakes.
Beyond the coffee shop area, there will be a full restaurant serving brunch, lunch and dinner, with favorites from Gastroteca such as chicken and waffles, and other “fine diner” fare including breakfast food like pancakes and eggs and bistro style dinner food such as simple meat and fish dishes, Parlatore said.
There will also be a retail section in the restaurant selling private label goods such as pesto, apple butter, bloody Mary mix, and more, allowing customers to recreate their favorite dishes at home.
“This concept is really to serve the neighborhood with a concept that doesn’t exist in the area, and will be full service for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and cocktails,” Parlatore said.
Parlatore said that he plans to open in about two months, and is currently renovating the space and in the early stages of preparations. He plans to offer a full bar, but is unsure if he will have a liquor license by the time Astoria Provisions opens, so anticipates the restaurant being BYOB to start off.
Though he has not yet set an opening date, Parlatore said he plans on kicking off the opening with a barbecue party for the community, and is hoping to roast a whole pig and offer lots of local beer.
“Astoria has lots of great diners, but this restaurant will offer something different and bring something new that is very much aimed at serving the Astoria community,” Parlatore said.