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Bareburger to open a southern-style restaurant at former Athens Café location


May 11, 2015 By Michael Florio

The owners of Bareburger Group are opening a southern-style biscuits and fried chicken restaurant at the location of the former Athens Café.

The restaurant, called Burnside Biscuits, is expected to open at 32-07 30th Ave late June.

Thomas Sardo, the operations manager, said that Bareburger Group wanted to take over space given its well-known location.

However, given its close proximity to Bareburger’s 33-21 31st Ave location, the owners didn’t want to open another burger joint.

Sardo said that they decided to come up with a concept that would fill a neighborhood void. They came up with southern-style cooking.

“There is a real need for southern cuisine in Astoria,” Sardo said.

The menu will consist of fried chicken, biscuit sandwiches and wood-fired vegetables, Sardo said.

There will be a full bar, consisting of southern cocktails, local beer on tap, and wine. The restaurant will have 150 seats, with half of them inside the restaurant and the other half outside, with outdoor seating on 30th Ave and 32nd Street, Sardo said.

“We want to take the old Athens Cafe block and turn it into our own Burnside Biscuits Block Party,” Sardo said.

Sardo said the southern concept came together based on a series of discussions among Culinary Director Andrew Sarda, Executive Chef Sam Crocker and Sous Chef Erik Prokscha.

Burnside Biscuits is named after Civil War General Ambrose Burnside, a northerner who wound up in the south during the Civil War.  Burnside took some of the southern traditions with him when he returned home.

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Yeah just when you thought it couldn’t get worse they come up with one of these idiotic theme places to attract more Hipsters and Suburbia Trust Fundsters to Astoria. Horrible in every way. Please keep these sort of place OUT of the neighborhood. In example the $5 pizza slice at Artichoke Pizza which is tasteless. Thanks.


This is the quote that kills me:

“There is a real need for southern cuisine in Astoria,”

Really? How so? Is there some sort of great influx of southerners that are now in the hood? Oh, I get it. It’s a bunch of the same people with urbanite feet but suburbanite heads that have moved in with the same need for upper middle class suburban amenities that have monocultured so many other neighborhoods in NYC.

By the way have the owners been to the south or are they from there? Sounds more like theme park version of the south or the other urban fetish for the rustic, industrial, or authentic meme for people who are all but. If you really want to open a southern style restaurant you’d be opening a Chik-fil-A or Waffle House. Ya know, a southern restaurant that actually exists in the south in this century.


Are the ingredients organic and animals fed with locally grow veggies? If so count me in!


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