Feb. 14, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
A Mexican restaurant with roots in Woodside is planning on opening just off Vernon Boulevard in the coming weeks.
Corazon de Mexico, the name of the new restaurant, will open at 10-09 50th Ave., taking over the site occupied by Re Pub LIC 50 until 2016.
The restaurant will seat close to 80 people, and aims to offer a variety of authentic Mexican dishes, including staples like burritos, tacos, and enchiladas guacamole, and several meat and seafood entrees. Soups, salads, appetizers, and dessert will also be offered at the site.
The price range for an entree and a drink will range from $30 to $45. The restaurant is also working to get its full liquor license in order to serve beers, wine, and cocktails.
The menu items are similar to what was offered at La Adelita, a Mexican restaurant and bakery in Woodside that closed last year after the property owner filed plans to bulldoze the site and develop a residential building there.
Maria Iglesias, the owner of the upcoming restaurant, said it was difficult to find a new location that would accommodate both a restaurant and a bakery, and decided on moving the restaurant operations to Long Island City and keeping the bakery in Woodside. The bakery has retained the former’s restaurant’s name.
The two sites, however, will share the same logo depicting an “adelita”, the name given to women combatants of the Mexican Revolution.
Iglesias says the Hunters Point location is far larger than the Woodside spot, and that they may be installing fountains with lights due to the restaurant’s high ceilings.
Iglesias, who has more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry, plans on opening the restaurant from 11 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. on weekdays, and until 2 a.m. on weekends.