August 4, 2013 By Bill Parry
A restaurant called Mar’s has opened in Astoria after two years of planning and construction.
The restaurant, located at 34-21 34th Avenue, is currently offering diners oysters, shrimp and lobster from a raw bar—with beverages ranging from microbrew beer to classic cocktails to organic wines. However, the menu is likely to expand later this summer to include new American cuisine, once the kitchen is completed.
Mar’s took over the space that was occupied by a Greek restaurant called Taverna Sofia.
Evangelos Roumeliotis, the owner, said the space needed extensive renovation down to its sub floors.
Roumeliotis and his carpenter Tom Fade spent the last 10 months constructing the restaurant’s interior with reclaimed wood and salvaged pieces collected on multiple trips along the back roads of upstate New York and Pennsylvania.
This is the 4th time the two have collaborated on construction projects including two establishments still owned by Roumeliotis: The Sparrow Tavern and a tattoo parlor called The Queens Ink (both are next door to each other at 24-01 29th St.).
At Mar’s the front of the bar is made of pews from an upstate courthouse and the beer taps flow from a tower made from an antique roll-top desk.
Roumeliotis designed retro-style audio speakers for the audio system that plays 1930s jazz by day and rock at night.