March 19, 2019 By Meghan Sackman
Two eateries with well-known names are about to open on Jackson Avenue.
Sweetleaf, a boutique café which has two locations in Hunters Point, plans to open its latest venue on Jackson Avenue on Thursday, March 21. Meanwhile, Xi’an Famous Foods, the well-known Chinese food chain, will also be opening on Jackson Avenue soon after.
Sweetleaf NYC, known for its specialty coffee, pastries, and rustic décor, is taking space on the ground floor of Jackson Park, a large residential development located at 28-10 Jackson Ave. that consists of about 1,800 apartments.
“We’re super excited about this space,” said Richard Nieto, the owner and a Long Island City resident. “I think this will quickly become our busiest location.”
This new LIC location will be about 900 square feet, similar in size to the original 10-93 Jackson Ave. cafe, and will offer the same menu.
The new locale will stand out from its other venues with a 24 foot high structural wall that goes right down the middle of the space. The wall, Nieto says, will be covered with art that pays tribute to Queens, completed by artists who had large murals at the now-demolished 5 Pointz site.
This will be Sweetleaf’s fourth location. Nieto opened his first café at 10-93 Jackson Ave. in 2008, the second location at 46-15 Center Blvd. in 2013, and the third location at 11-59 Freeman St. in Greenpoint soon after. The Center Boulevard location turns into a cocktail bar after 5 p.m.
The newest Jackson Ave. cafe will be open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Soon after the opening of Sweetleaf NYC, Xi’an Famous Foods will be opening down the street.
The restaurant, which will be located at 26-19 Jackson Ave, will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, March 30, according to an Instagram post. It will, however, open a few days prior to then for a soft opening.
The Jackson Ave. spot will be the third Xi’an Famous Foods in Queens, with the others being in Woodside and its flagship location in Flushing.
The family-owned chain was founded in 2005 and serves dishes such as Spicy Cumin Lamb Hand-Ripped Noodles, Spicy & Sour Lamb Dumplings, and a Stewed Pork Burger.
With the Jackson Ave. opening, the family will have 15 restaurants, including 11 locations in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn, and the remainder in Queens.
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Xian Food has the worse service and when you complain the owner is very arrogant and self aggrandizing.
Your absolutely right
The FAKE MRLIC wrote the March 22, 2019 comment on brands and predictability. He is a person who needs to get his own comment name instead of using mine.
We need a better BBQ option like Mighty Quinn. Vote for Mighty Quinn
How about some name brand franchises? McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Taco Bell etc….Sadly these chains are absent in LIC.
Why would you want to eat that garbage? Especially in NYC? Disgusting.
It is called choice. Once in a while would be nice to have a CHOICE. Look up the word choice if you don’t know what it means.
Why would you choose frozen meat and E Coli.?
We just had subway taken away from the neighborhood for development on Jackson Ave. The same block also had a Domino’sPia move away. There just isn’t anything ecept Court Sq. Diner which is very good I might add. As I said Not much in the choice Dept. Wake up as you are the one with no foresight, thinking everyone wants what you want.
Hasn’t salad been recalled for E.Coli Brainiac?
It’s because I am in love with brands and predictability. I want exact portions and I want things to taste exactly the same every time I order them. Volatility is bad for my feng schwee.
Try Pete’s Burgers on Vernon Blvd.
Has your tiny brain not heard of John Brown’s?
That place run by Fox-News-loving Josh “Mad Cow” Bowen? The food there isn’t very good
You see. A local Queens guy having success with the new developments that most hate. Yes no locals will live there ,but someone needs to profit. It’s better than Coffeed(Ugh)
Just keep Jimmy away .
How many high paying jobs will these two places create? Will Jimmy Van Bramer be at the ribbon cutting ceremony for his next photo-op? Thanks to JVB and Michael Gianaris many young people will in LIC be relegated to stirring noodles and pouring tea rather than writing code and being paid a top notch decent wages for a days work.
Usually the trolling on this website is sad and annoying but just when I think it can’t get any dumber… You go do something like this and TOTALLY redeem yourself!!
Tech companies already do that to coders without “wages”, let alone “decent wages”, let alone “top notch decent wages”, while the minimum wage goes up for noodle stirrers and tea pourers. *cough* Google *cough* *cough*
CUT THE SH*T ALREADY. Amazon is gone! Wheather you wanted them here or not, they’re not coming. Get over it. Move on.
Those who will not learn from history are condemned to repeat it.
we’re not letting you fools memory-hole your Amazon ineptitude. this is your cross, bear it.
Get over it already.