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The Queens Kickshaw to close end of August, owners opening different restaurant in October

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Aug. 15, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez

The Queens Kickshaw, the popular New American restaurant, will close at the end of August, with its owners reopening a new eatery at the location, according to the restaurant’s website.

In an online letter dated August 14 by owners Ben Sandler and Jennifer Lim, the restaurant at 40-17 Broadway known for its grilled cheese sandwiches and comfort food, announced that it will be closing the business after nearly seven years of service to make way for a new concept.

“When we opened The Queens Kickshaw in March of 2011,” the message reads, “we had a simple goal of creating a warm meeting spot in the neighborhood where friends could gather for some good food and drink.”

After a series of photos, the letter continues, with owners clarifying their intentions for the locale: “Now comes the next chapter in which we address growing business challenges, and reinvent ourselves. The Kickshaw spirit will stay in place, though the food and beverage will change.”

The restaurant will close on August 27 with a closing party between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The owners will then revamp the location and reopen in early October.

Although the letter did not mention what type of cuisine the new restaurant will have, tickets are being pre-sold for dinner during the restaurant’s opening week, which can be accessed on their website.

The Astoria Post has reached out to the owners for comment.

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I’ve tried their awesome grilled cheese sandwiches. They’re one of the most reasonably priced in the area. Now that they’ve planned to evolve into something new, I’ll miss their happy hours, treats, mule drinks and other fine and affordable foods they serve.

Don’t get me wrong, anyone can do a grilled cheese sandwich, but not like the Kickshaw. They’ve been one of a kind.


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