April 3, By Christian Murray
Junior’s Café, which has been offering Italian food on the corner of Vernon Boulevard and 46th Road for the past two decades, has closed for good.
“The landlord put the rent up on me and we couldn’t afford to stay,” said Junior DiCaprio, the owner, who was at the 46-18 Vernon Boulevard restaurant Monday night. “I’ve been here 21 years and they wanted me out.”
Junior’s was known for its pasta, chicken and pizza. Its décor was dated, with vinyl bar stools, a glass bar and black-and-white photos all over the walls.
The restaurant was one of the older establishments in Long Island City and was seen as a neighborhood joint, bringing in more of the old timers.
Junior’s closure comes about one year after another long-time Vernon Boulevard establishment shut down. San Remo’s, an old-time pizzeria located on the corner of Vernon Blvd and 49th Avenue, closed last May.