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Flattopps Closes Ditmars Location, Owners Plan to Move to Another Astoria Site

Flattopps staff (Photo: Flattopps/Facebook)

July 11, 2018 By Tara Law

Flattopps, a 90s-themed restaurant serving comfort food on Ditmars Boulevard, is moving to a new location in Astoria.

The restaurant, which serves creative burgers, hefty sandwiches and cocktails, closed its location at 33-06 Ditmars Boulevard last Thursday. The business was founded in 2016 by the owners of Queens Comfort, a trendy 30th Avenue restaurant.

The restaurant developed a reputation for its zany meal options, including fried chicken crusted with fortune cookies and a burger topped with a fried mac’n’cheese patty.

Flattopps has not yet announced the location of its new space, but said that it planned to move to Astoria.

The restaurant announced its plans in a June 29 Instagram post.

“After two years on Ditmars Boulevard, Flattopps will be be evolving and moving to a new home in Astoria,” Flattopps wrote. “We want to thank everyone for their support— your generosity, love, and good energy is the engine that keeps our weird little enterprise going. We are grateful that the first part of our ride found us on the Boulevard and we look forward to the future.”

Restaurant owner Donnie D’Alessio also moved his other restaurant, Queens Comfort, to a new location this year. The eatery relocated from a space at 36-18 30th Ave. to a larger location at 36-18 30th Ave. this winter.

D’Alessio could not be reached for comment.

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Captain Smedly

The best thing about Flattopps was an employee named Phil. He was really attractive, funny, and cool. I also recall him being very good at NES. If I had to guess I would say they closed because he left… Place just wasn’t the same without him.


Good luck! I gave the Ditmars Boulevard area a try for about a year and moved away.


I live in the neighborhood and one thing that I found odd was their schedule. Of course the actual move may be due to a number of reasons, but one example I found odd is that I would randomly find it closed on prime time hours (e.g. Friday nights) with little paper handwritten notes suggesting that they are not open for the day. A bit too much of an island mentality – have to remember even if you’re a hip place, you’re still operating in a vibrant city.


Probably couldn’t get the right kind of customer for their concept down on Ditmars. If I were a betting man I would bet that they are moving to a location in the southern part of Astoria which is evolving more rapidly than the northern part.


What is a 90s themed restaurant?

I may cry now that the 90s are so far in the past it can be retro.


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