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Vacant in Garden City: Tapas Bar, Asian Restaurant Plans Moving Forward

Grand opening dates have yet to be released for either restaurant.

A tapas bar is slated to open in the space once occupied by Upper Crust Café. An Asian-themed restaurant will open next door. (Credit: Carisa Giardino)
A tapas bar is slated to open in the space once occupied by Upper Crust Café. An Asian-themed restaurant will open next door. (Credit: Carisa Giardino)
A strip of empty storefronts on the eastern side of Franklin Avenue, between Ninth and Tenth streets.

Plans for a tapas bar moving into the former space Upper Crust Café once occupied and an Asian-themed restaurant moving into the former TD PriceWaterhouse property are both moving forward, according to John Wilton, chair of the Professional Retailers Merchants group.

The TD PriceWaterhouse property has been vacant for approximately four years while the luncheonette turned café closed its doors in late 2011 after calling Franklin Avenue home for more than two decades. Ashley and Nicholas Lucchesi, chef, were the cafe's newest owners.

"The only vacancy will be Arista Furs," Wilton said.

Both restaurants will add to the growing list of eateries in Garden City's downtown, including a new "American-themed restaurant with a concentration on Prime steak" slated to open a little further south on Franklin called Revel.

Grand opening dates have yet to be released for either restaurant.
Bill Sweeney January 15, 2013 at 09:05 AM
Great to see the places becoming occupied. I just hope they are good and that people support them. Though...can we put a moratorium on Asian restaurants, please? Also banks, pharmacies, and salons. Too much of a fantastic thing I suppose.
Dora Sislian Themelis January 16, 2013 at 07:56 AM
Franklin Ave. and 7th Street can be a ghost town as I've experienced on weekend nights. Where are the art spaces, music venues, coffee /dessert/food spaces with indoor-outdoor gardens and seating? I have to go to Queens, Great Neck, Huntington, to find some beautiful places that are open any night of the week with plenty of people about.
Drew Art Guy @ Sunflower Fine Art Galleries January 16, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Really Ms. Themelis? Believe just the opposite. While we could always use more of what you mentioned, Seventh Street is a great place to spend a lovely day. Plenty of small shops, places to eat...heck, even a wonderful (ahem, ahem) art gallery!
Bill Sweeney January 16, 2013 at 02:02 PM
The main problem is not lack of good places or people coming, it's that Franklin functions as a highway and most people park in the lot of walk into their destination. If lanes were reduced to 3 instead of 5 and Stewart Ave was developed on the lot side bet Hilton and Franklin, then you would have a much more connected, walkable, and pleasant place to meander.
Dora Sislian Themelis January 16, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Yes, 7th is lovely and I spent some of my day there yesterday. However, at night it's very quiet. And I've been to your gallery, also very nice, but it's the only one. Maybe I could show work there some day, ahem.
Bill Sweeney January 16, 2013 at 02:12 PM
A couple more galleries would work well..perhaps some people in the industry could maybe get the new building on Franklin and 7th to rent to some to add to the area and fill that vacant space? Maybe some North Shore or East End offshoots?
Dora Sislian Themelis January 16, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Many years ago, before they changed it, Franklin Ave. was a little more pedestrian friendly. The arts make life lively and a few more places with fine art, theater, music venues would lend a nice vibe.
Bill Sweeney January 16, 2013 at 02:59 PM
They should widen the sidewalks and make it one lane in each direction, with a middle turn lane. Make the lights staggered so that it stops people and not move them along a fast as possible. I agree..more galleries would be great. Perfect for the new corner building. They need tenants, too.
Drew Art Guy @ Sunflower Fine Art Galleries January 16, 2013 at 03:30 PM
More galleries would be delightful but, unfortunately, unrealistic. Since the great recession began over 80% of the existing galleries on Long Island closed shop. Some, like GC Galleries on Franklin had been around for decades. The advent of the internet, high rents, and big box stores' $100 decor combined with wide economic pains changed everything for commercial art galleries. Art is a most discretionary purchase
Bill Sweeney January 16, 2013 at 03:34 PM
That's a shame.
Dora Sislian Themelis January 16, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Okay. That doesn't mean it should be the end of the conversation.
Bill Sweeney January 16, 2013 at 09:49 PM
It is a great sign that so many new eating places have opened in he past 2 years though.
Drew Art Guy @ Sunflower Fine Art Galleries January 17, 2013 at 02:49 PM
With more to come, that's only going to be a boon for Village merchants. More people= More shoppers=better shopping options. Immediate areas of concern remain: the parking in lot 7S is horrible, we need better signage to both alert cars on Franklin Ave. that The Seventh Street Downtown Shopping District exists and where to park to enjoy it.
Bill Sweeney January 17, 2013 at 03:14 PM
And there needs to be more curbside parking on Franklin. Places like Uptown, Prost, etc. would benefit from that. Plus, people are more comfortable having that barrier there, I'm sure of it. I love the new condos on Franklin, though...great move.

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