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Cocktail bar to open on Broadway

cocktailbarAug. 8, 2014 By Michael Florio

A new cocktail bar is coming to Broadway, in the space that was once occupied by Velso.

The bar, which will be located at 32-11 Broadway, is expected to open in October and the owner, Derrek Vernon, is currently renovating the space.

Vernon, who plans on calling the bar Second Sun, already owns a cocktail bar in Williamsburg.

Second Sun will be similar to his Williamsburg location—called Ba’sik—which Vernon said offers “good food, cocktails, beers and shots.”

Ba’sik serves items such as mac and cheese, roasted beet Greek salad, sandwiches, hot dogs and an assortment of cocktails.

Vernon, who lives in Long Island City, decided to open in Astoria because of its growing population and all the positive feedback he had heard about the area.

“My friends who live here kept telling me how great the neighborhood is,” he said. “I then came and saw it for myself.”

After becoming more familiar with the neighborhood he decided Astoria was the place to open a second bar.

However, many details concerning the establishment are still to be determined he said. While the name will be Second Sun, he has yet to determine how it will be spelled. Furthermore, the menu is still subject to change.


Ba’sik in Williamsburg


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