Oct. 1, 2019 By Christian Murray
An Israeli artist on vacation has taken to the streets of Sunnyside and painted a colorful mural on an exterior wall located on Queens Boulevard.
Lior Bentov, who goes by the name of PESH and lives in Tel Aviv, was recruited by the new proprietors of a chicken restaurant slated to open on the southeast corner of 44th Street and Queens Boulevard.
The piece draws on past work PESH has done in Europe and the Middle East, and features bright colors and lines. However, for this mural the centerpiece is a chicken and a flower.
“We wanted something bright and something new for this corner and something about us,” said Joe Froman, a co-owner of Mad for Chicken, the name of the restaurant that is opening. “Sunnyside is getting nicer and nicer and we just wanted to add to it.”
Mad for Chicken, which also has a location on Northern Boulevard in Flushing, is taking over the space vacated by a Dave’s Bagels, Riko Peruvian Chicken and a hardware store. The eatery will be large, with 72 seats on the first floor and 48 seats in the basement.
Froman said that this is the first time they have brought on an artist to decorate a restaurant.
“We love it what he did. People keep commenting on how much they like it. Wow,” Froman said.
Co-owner Sean Cho, a Korean native, said that they aim to get the restaurant open by the end of November. He said that it would include 30 beers on tap and plenty of chicken.
“If you are looking for beer and chicken you should drop by when we open,” Cho said.