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Craft beer bar to open on Ditmars site last occupied six years ago

33-15 Ditmars Boulevard/Google Maps

Aug. 16, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez

A craft beer bar is coming to Astoria, taking up a site that has been unoccupied since 2011.

DNA Info reports that River Crest will be the name of the bar coming to 33-15 Ditmars Boulevard, the site of the former Top Tomato, a produce market, in February 2018.

The owners, who run the One Mile House bar in Manhattan, told DNA Info that the bar will have unique high-end craft beer, along with cocktails designed by mixologists.

As far as food, the menu will have appetizers and plates that can be shared with groups, the co-owners told the news site.

The site, on the ground floor of the Acropolis building, was unused since 2011, after the Astoria Farmers Market opened for just over a year there. Prior to that, Top Tomato, the 24-hour produce market, ran the location until 2010 after opening in 1990.

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Some people think that a craft beer next to a Greek restaurant and several shops around them will make them popular. Since they already have one in Sunnyside, that other chain’s probably doing well and have made the move here. Don’t be surprised, though. In less than 2 years I’m predicting they’ll have customers but won’t move anywhere past 3 years tops.

Any chance of making that a merchant/game/trade store? Only one can dream…


Why cook when Pelicana Chicken is opening soon on Ditmars and 31 Street. It is very tasty and everyone’s favorite! We cant wait.

California bound

The young people don’t cook so we don’t need anymore super markets…..what we need are more mega buildings with hundreds of apartments, little or no parking, definitely more restaurants for those non cookers, more bars so these folks can drown the sorrow of how to pay next month’s abominable rent……….most have roommates to help pay for the “now popular” Astoria addresses, more Citibikes to clog up our narrow streets and kill the pedestrians. The best idea to get to NYC to avoid the cattle car subway is the ferry…… will have to be there 2 hours before in order to get on. God Bless you all……… will need it. One or two years in what was a wonderful place to live and you will be out of here.

young person

cook all the time, sorry we can actually afford to go out once in a while and didnt have to walk 15 miles on the erie canal just to get to work, go on shouting out clouds and get off my lawn


River Crest…… wonder if they did their research on Astoria History and claimed this name from Past history of Astoria – River Crest was the name of the asylum where St. John’s now stands.


Good thinking. I’m a guy in the entertainment industry, i have over 40 pairs of shoes, and suits to go with. I’ll give that a try thx


Hopefully they will paint that whole acropolis building now that they managed to work out a lease after 6 years. Tenants pay maintenance every month and that whole area is in such bad condition and smells bad when you pass by.


The smell comes from their poor maintenance of garbage and local dog waste. But yea the outside of that Acropolis is in shambles much like the one in Greece.

Joe O'C

I’m going to get really worried when the current bars start having new bars open up inside of them.


IMO, the Ditmars Area has seen big changes in terms of quality of life issues out of all the major Ave’s in Astoria. What used to be a quiet and family friendly shopping/restaurant area that catered to the local community has turned into a dirty, loud, crowded, late night hang out that relies heavily on young adult residents and those visiting Astoria. Just the way things are. Enjoy!


Its true…You sometimes do not realize how “stressful” an area is until you move to a better place and then visit your old neighborhood. I never sold though. I rent out my place. Hence that is why I go back and can’t wait to leave. I live out on LI and I enjoy it. I am glad I listened to my close friends.


Great another. Astoria is turning into another Hoboken , college town full of drunks. The baby stroller crowd , families and the elderly will not tolerate this much longer!


“families and the elderly” do not have any choice in the matter. Spend money on permits and licenses to open up a place and you’re fine. Residents have very little say in what happens nowadays. So if you do not like it..MOVE!


Many landlords in the area count on places like this opening up to drive up the rents. Hardly anyone cares what the older Ditmars crowd thinks. Renters outnumber landlords especially with so many absentee landlords and so many mulit family homes. The few new families move out after a year or two or when their children are old enough to attend better private or public schools in other areas. Places like this are geared towards the younger adult crowd anyway.


There are like 3 Dunkin donuts, diners, McDonalds, Pizza palace, places of worship, salons, pharmacies, senior “only” hangouts and so much for senior citizens on Ditmars. They have senior discounts in a lot of the markets. When i go out to the new places i see a lot of old people in their 30’s and 40’s their also. And many bring their parents and grandparents their when they visit for the weekend.


I didn’t disagree with what you stated as it had good points, until I saw your phrase ‘i see a lot of old people in their 30’s and 40’s’ since when are 30 and 40 year olds, old people? Your post loses credibility with that statement.


Hey, let me know when you can open up your “bar” with your “scene” and serve delicious food and drinks with your own “happy hour” dangling around. Oh btw, you’ll have stiff competition with those other hipster bars around you while you’re at it. Last time I checked, Hoboken only had 2 legit bars next to the train, and not one of them had a place to watch a good Pay Per Viewing of sports. Sounds like you’re way behind that idea of Hoboken after all…Unless you wanna bring in a bar that can sell Benny Tudino’s 3 ft. Pizza anyway…lolol..


Good place to wait and have a drink while your waiting for a spot at Taverna Kyclades. Best seafood around .


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