April 13, 2015 By Michael Florio
After nearly 40 years in business, a long-time Astoria café and bakery is being forced to move.
The lease is up on Lefkos Pyrgos, a Greek café and bakery, which has occupied the corner of 31st Street and 23rd Ave (22-85 31st street) for nearly 40 years. The owner of the bakery is now looking to relocate, according to the store manager.
The bakery is just one of four stores on the block that have been sent packing. For rent signs currently adorn the three vacant storefronts that neighbor the bakery along 31st Street.
The vacant stores were once occupied by the Blooming Company, Lucky 7 Internet Café and Astron Gift Shop.
The manager of the bakery and real estate sources said that the property owner wants to lease all four stores as one large parcel.
All three have been vacant for months. The store fronts are located right next to the subway station.
The bakery’s owner is currently in Greece but will be looking to move shortly after his return, according to the manager. The manager did not know the exact location the eatery will be moving to—but did say it is likely to be in the neighborhood.
The landlord could not be reached to comment on the vacancies and what his plans are for the property.