March 15, 2015 By Michael Florio
The building where Uncle George’s Greek Tavern was located is about to be demolished to make way for a four story structure.
The existing building, located at 33-19 Broadway, is three stories—comprised of a two-family house with ground floor retail, which had been occupied by Uncle George’s.
The demolition will make way for a new building that will have 5 high-end apartments on the second and third floors and a penthouse on the fourth floor. On the ground floor, there will be a glass-enclosed restaurant.
The restaurant will be another Greek establishment—although the name has yet to be disclosed.
Construction is expected to take about one year, according to real estate broker Mike Moustakis, of My NY Commercial Group, who has had dealings with the property.
Moustakis said he expects the apartment units to be completed—and rented- before the restaurant opens.
Uncle George’s was a popular Astoria institution shortly after it opened in 1978.
The business was at its height when George ‘Uncle George’ Polimenakos owned it. However, after he died and his widow, Maria, sold the business in 2009, critics said it was not the same. It closed in June 2013.