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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 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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