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American-Style Restaurant on Jackson Avenue Will Shutter Friday After Less Than Two Year Run

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Penny Bridge restaurant in Long Island City will close Friday (Photo: Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

Aug. 9, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

An upscale American-style restaurant on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City will close for good this week after less than two years in business.

Penny Bridge, which has been offering menu items such as burgers, salmon, steak frites and salads since January 2021, will close Friday according to its owner and chef Dan Kluger.

The restaurant is located on the ground floor of The JACX high-rise office building, a 26-story two-tower development at 28-03 Jackson Ave. Penny Bridge was the first business to occupy the space situated on the corner of Jackson Avenue and 42nd Road.

Kluger made the announcement on his Instagram page Friday although he did not specify the exact reason for the closure.

“We announced to the team today that unfortunately we will be closing @pennybridgelic.” Kluger wrote.

“It’s definitely not the outcome we had hoped for but I am so incredibly proud of the restaurant we created.”

A notice was also posted to the company’s Instagram page two days later providing some more insight into the closure.

“Unfortunately, due to circumstances out of our control, we made the very difficult decision to close Penny Bridge,” the post reads.

“We are very proud of the restaurant we opened… during an unusual time and we thank our loyal guests for their support, our tremendous staff for their hard work and dedication, the amazing team at [INC Architecture & Design] who designed the space and every vendor that helped us build, open and operate.”

The post also acknowledged staff working for The JACX and the building’s developer Tishman Speyer.

Penny Bridge has been operating out of a large space known for its industrial-style interior. The restaurant has also provided sidewalk seating on Jackson Avenue.

The restaurant is one of three establishments owned by Kluger, according to his Instagram profile. He operates Loring Place, which offers seasonal American cuisine, and the takeout pizza joint Washington Squares, both of which are located in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan.

Penny Bridge had a 4.7-star rating on Google (out of a possible 5) based on 88 reviews.


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Penny Bridge, which has been offering menu items such as burgers, salmon, steak frites and salads since January 2021, will close Friday (Photo: Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

Penny Bridge restaurant in Long Island City will close Friday (Photo: Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

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One Opens one closes. Going on for years now.. Rents?? Lack of Business, Pricing?? Pick one or all.


Ha. I was thinking the same exact thing. If only the restaurant had heard from Chas and mr lic they would still be in business.


Harvard. Too bad you couldn’t get in . If you need money for an over priced burger I’ll set up a Go Fund Me page for you . It seems you may be a owner of a local overpriced grub hall, hope you stay afloat.

Mr. Galikanokus

Never applied. I did early decision to Stanford and never looked back. I mean, honestly, 4 years in Boston?!?! C’mon. That being said, given your unrivaled powers of deduction thinking I’m a grub hall owner, I’m guessing you mean Harvard Community College?


Just common sense sir.
One day maybe some sanity will come back tp NYC. Mot everyone is wrll off sir.


I can make a burger at home . I only go to restaurants that offer food that I cannot make as well at home. Otherwise most in LIC are basic grub. Not paying $17.00 for a burger or expired chesse plate . The Chef’s and owners will now understand that the public want’s quality and something unique that doesn’t effect their budget. we can all make pasta,burger’s etc at home for much less. Maybe they will get creative finally.
There will be more going out of bussiness soon, unless they own their property. If you have lived long enoungh in LIC you should have fiqured out which one those are .
Good luck to all.


Makes sense. But traditional chaon restaurants like Applebee’ s Pizxzeria Uno Panera bread do not seem to come here. A traditional chinese take out place would do well. Mr. Won Ton closed for new development. Fortune cookie on 21 st is a hole in the wall that has a very limited menu now.. A clser than lucky pizza by thevslice store would do okmon Kackson Ave I am sre. The rents and luxury development are a problem I am sure. Many stores lost to luxury development. Dominos Burger Garage Subway Mr. Won Ton. Anerican Hero just closed non development related I Believe. No t much left but hogh end non takeout places . Need choices for all not just high priced food and sotbdown restaurants.


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