Oct. 18, 2019. By Shane O’Brien
A new café is set to open in Long Island City next month.
Little Chef Little Café will have its grand opening on Nov. 11 at 5-43 48th Ave., the former site of the Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Company, which closed in August. The café aims to have a soft opening within the next two weeks.
The café is owned and operated by husband and wife Steven Beteille and Diana Manalang, who also run a catering company called Little Chef Little Kitchen.
Manalang said that the new café would be capable of seating a maximum of ten customers and that it will mainly serve take-out orders. She said that the café will have a take-out window for fast orders.
The café menu will include a salad station, smoothies and customized acai bowls, Manalang confirmed. It will also serve a selection of ready-made, microwaveable meals from her catering company.
Manalang and Beteille have been living in LIC for six years and live just one block away from the new café. Their catering company also predominately serves the LIC area which made it an obvious decision for the couple to set up in the area.
“I’m so excited to open in LIC and feeding the community and being part of the community,” Manalang said.
Little Chef Little Café will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday thru Friday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Manalang hopes that people will stop by on their way home from work to pick up ready-made dinners.