Nov. 4, 2014 By Michael Florio
The Sandwich Bar is likely to be getting a whole lot bigger.
Alex Valavanis, owner of the 33-01 Ditmars Blvd establishment, recently went before Community Board 1 and was approved for an enclosed sidewalk café.
Valavanis is able to make room for 12 tables and 24 seats within that space.
The trendy eatery–which opened in November 2013 and serves deli sandwiches, salads, soup and burgers–currently has 33 seats inside the establishment.
Valavanis told Community Board 1 that he sought an enclosed space so he can provide additional seating all year round.
“I want to be able to use it in the winter,” he said.
The enclosed space will be located on the 33rd Street side. It will be about 30 feet long, with a width of about 8 1/2 feet. Pedestrians will have about 8 feet of sidewalk space to walk by.
With the additional seats, the Sandwich Bar will still meet fire code, since it will still seat less than 75 people. Once a restaurant exceeds 75 seats, it must provide two exits.
The vote was passed unanimously.