July 20, 2020 By Michael Dorgan
An Indian restaurant in Astoria – known for its fine dining and seasonal menu – has shuttered after a near five-year run.
Kurry Qulture, located at 36-05 30th Ave., announced Sunday that it had closed for good.
Owner Sonny Solomon told the Queens Post that COVID-19 restrictions and the economic climate had made his business unsustainable. The restaurant relied heavily on its indoor dining.
Kurry Qulture offered takeout services to customers during the early part of the shutdown but the revenue was not enough to maintain its expenses, Solomon said.
Solomon said that the economic outlook for the restaurant was bleak and he notified his customers about its permanent closure over social media yesterday.
“COVID-19, and the subsequent restrictions placed on fine dining restaurants like Kurry Qulture, made it impossible to keep the business viable while maintaining our high standard of food quality and service,” the post reads.
The restaurant opened in November 2015 and was a modern establishment that served seasonal Indian dishes. It also offered standard Indian fare, such as chicken tikka, lamb vindaloo and saag paneer.
The restaurant also featured a full bar serving cocktails, wine and beer.
Kurry Qulture was well-liked by Astoria residents and had a good reputation. It had amassed a 4.5-star rating on both Yelp and Google from more than 600 reviews.
Kurry Qulture is not the only Astoria restaurant to shut down in recent times.
Don Coqui, a Latin bar/restaurant located at 28-18 31st St., has also shuttered. The establishment was known for its nightlife and live entertainment.
Well on the bright side Namaste and Seva are still around.
Never stepped foot in there. Seems like not many others did either
Enjoyed eating at Kurry Kulture and was looking forward to going back after covid. Sonny is the utmost host, a very nice and generous man. I wish him the best of luck on any future endeavors.
So sad to lose two of my favorite places to eat that kind of food.
This place was never full. 1-2 tables tops. How to imagine it held on for that long
Don’t make it about the food next time. Just have a huge bar and good bartender and you should be fine in Astoria. More and more people are coming here for the nightly outdoor alcohol fest.
Well ASTORIA is now CLOSED!!! No more ALCHOL LICENCES PERIOD!!! And No Alchol without a meal!!! Cuomo, DeBlasio, and the rest of your democratic socialists are now STEAMING MAD AT YOU!!! All over Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, the news GLOBALLY and othe social media… ASTORIA has become THE “MOST” EMBRASSING place 2 B! The politians are being made out as clowns who can’t control a city! CRIME & COVID-19 to blame & your Stupid Selfish Partying likes last Friday’s Brik Block Party! Constantinides even is quoted that you “BAD ACTOR’s” need to go, you ruined the neighborhood!
So take your boys ‘n girls and rock your party back to the beaches of LA. Oh and Acting production has been halted by Cuomo and threatening to lock us down AGAIN! Caused by your over congestion and crime!
As Sinatra once sang ” The Party’s Over”! Google it! Bye Bye!!!💩