May 27, 2016 By Michael Florio
A new breakfast food truck will roll into Astoria next month.
The Breakfast Shack will open on 30th Avenue and 30th Street, by Athens Square Park, the week of June 6, according to owner Joseph DeMato.
DNA Info recently reported the planned June opening.
The truck will serve traditional breakfast items Monday through Friday. These will include French toast, omelets, pancakes, oatmeal, fruit salad and bacon.
The truck will also be open for brunch on Sundays.
The brunch menu will feature Shack Bites, which have eggs, potatoes, cheese and bacon, dipped in pancake batter, rolled in honey flakes and fried. DeMato plans on serving it with a choice of maple syrup or spicy ketchup, although the dipping sauces may change.
“It is basically breakfast in a bite,” DeMato said.
The brunch menu will also feature bourbon chicken hash. He is also planning on changing the brunch menu seasonally.
All meat served will be organic or certified humane, according to DeMato. The produce will all be organic, while the dairy is organic and local, he said.
“Our goal is to make responsible purchasing decisions,” he said.
DeMato picked this location for his truck due to the foot traffic that the space offers from the park and the nearby 30th Avenue subway station.
“It is a busy train stop,” he said. “We are catering to the morning crowd so we think this is a great location.”
“People can grab breakfast on their way to the train,” he added.
The truck will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. It will be closed on Saturdays.
DeMato wanted to open in Queens, and while he is not from Astoria, he is very familiar with the neighborhood as he has family that has lived here for years.
“My grandparents lived in Astoria since they moved from Italy,” he said. “I’ve felt a part of the neighborhood since I was a little kid.”
This is the first food truck he opened.
“It has always been my dream to open my own food establishment,” he said.
DeMato has worked at the Carlyle Hotel in the Upper East Side for the past eight years.
Great. Organic fumes with a side of organic noise with an eye sore on the side. Because Astorian hipsters can’t take 3 minutes to toast bread and fry an egg in their 3K two bedroom apartments.
This is everything that’s wrong with New York. Crammed up like drones with the walls closing in but acting like eating organic and local from a food truck is gonna save the planet. Best wishes to the owner though, seriously.
More gross people eating on the subway in the morning ….
Great – pancakes on the subway
I agree with J Lenn. All the best as long as you can help manage the inevitable increase in food litter as well.
All the best !!
Good luck to them, but I have some concerns about trash and noise. I noticed that the “Vallone” trash cans have been taken away from Athens Square, and it already gets really really dirty. More food garbage will add to the rodent population as well, so I hope there some effort made to prevent that if this is going to be allowed. Also, there are so many idling trucks already, from medicaid sign-ups to ice cream, causing noise and pollution. If it’s noisier form 6AM on, that is not going to be good.
It is called 311. Try using it some time.
Seriously? Don’t know why you should take offense about a concern over rats and noise. BTW 311 is like calling into the void most of the time. A virtually useless system.
What a negative nancy