Nov. 14, 2013 By Christian Murray
The owners of a popular Long Island City cafe will be opening a waterfront concession in Hunters Point South Park in January.
The new establishment will be called ‘LIC Landing by Coffeed’ and will be operated by the same eco-friendly team that owns Coffeed at 37-18 Northern Blvd.
Frank Raffaele, the chief executive of Coffeed , said the concession will be located next to the ferry terminal. It will consist of a kiosk, the space under the canopy and an adjacent deck area.
Raffaele said the café will be open 365-days of the year, from 6:30 am through 10 pm. He said he plans to cater to the breakfast and lunch crowd—as well as serve wine, beer, coffee, tea and a range of food types.
There will be a big emphasis on selling locally-grown produce, he said. For instance, some of the items will come from Brooklyn Grange, a roof-top farm located out of the same building where his existing café is.
“The park is a big draw and this [concession] will add a little extra to its attraction,” Raffaele said. “It is a high-end café concept…at a modest price.”
Raffaele said that there will be 100 seats and that there will be some waiter service under the canopy. However, most customers will buy their items directly from the kiosk.
Raffaele doesn’t seem to mind that he is opening in the chilly month of January. “Hey, we sell coffee,” he said, as he shrugged his shoulders.