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Butcher Block Queens Boulevard Expansion to be Completed Next Month

The Butcher Block at 43-46 41st St. (Photo: Nathaly Pesantez)

Oct. 16, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

The Butcher Block, the longstanding Irish supermarket, is steadily working on its expansion onto Queens Boulevard, and plans to wrap up construction some time in late November.

The supermarket, located at 43-46 41st St., began working on expanding about a year and a half ago, but faced some delays in the process, according to Noel Gaynor, co-owner of the Butcher Block.

The work includes an additional entrance on 40-15 Queens Blvd. a store once occupied by Pure Spa & Salon that is now connected to the Butcher Block in a loop through the rear of the lot.

Automatic sliding doors can already be seen under the metal roll down gate on the Queens Boulevard side.

The Butcher Block’s soon-to-be finished Queens Boulevard entrance. (Photo: Nathaly Pesantez)

When completed, the expansion will allow for the Butcher Block to sell more products, including groceries and meats, and customers will see more hot food on display. The new entrance is also expected to bolster its already strong and steady business.

“It’s based on the boulevard, so it should help,” Gaynor said.

The supermarket, founded in 1995 by Gaynor and his business partner, Mike Roche, is known for its range of meats, including blood sausages and house-cured bacon, along with its hearty sandwiches and daily specials.

It also carries imported Irish and British products, and even delivers local and county Irish newspapers to area homes.

The Sunnyside staple has gained a steady following in its more than two-decade run, with the owners estimating that a third of the shop’s customers are Irish.

The supermarket first operated out of a store on the south side of Queens Boulevard between 41st and 42nd Streets, but a massive fire in 2003 forced the business to move to its current location.

Inside the Butcher Block. (Photo: Nathaly Pesantez)

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Paddy M

It would be great if they had a few booths that you could sit down with a bite to eat Great Place ☘️


Congrats. Love the Irish/English products, feels like home (Australia). When opening the new place, please make some sort of wind barrier by the cashiers so that they don’t freeze during the winter. They do such a great job but I’m not alone in saying we feel bad that they are always cold year after year during the winter when customers open the double doors. brrrrrrrrrrrr


Doorway heater would solve the problem, hard to believe the owners are unaware of such products.


What exactly are you down voting? Door triggered heaters exist and are utilized by many businesses.

googles pizano

please stick to what you are good at, the staples, stop attempting to make Italian food!

Kelly Orama

Love ❤️? Love this store been going there since the original location and travel from Manhattan there frequently . Love the bangers black pudding and rashers bacon also have the best ground beef for hamburgers oh and the produce delicious and fresh try the turnips also they cut it and peel it for you which I so do appreciate the gentleman behind the meat counter are such gentleman and the owner is so nice. The deli department has an Irish ham by the pound delicious also the potatoe salad delicious hot food outstanding!!! Do try the Irish sausage wrapped in puff pastry I try to get out of the store without buying it but not happening Delicious ? Irish cookies puddings and oh my favorite candy the Cadbury Crunch bar oh and the Lyons white chocolate candy yummy ? oh and my Kerry butter and my chefs sauce (steak sauce ) and my sons favorite Bisto to make my gravy for my stewed Pork chops. Good Luck to the owners and Thank you ?? so much for expanding and bringing a smile ? to the community Kelly Orama


Let’s hope that they will finally start accepting SNAP/EBT coverage, which will enable many more people to afford to shop there.


Such important news, maybe the sunnyside post can now win a Pulitzer for investigative reporting.

Cathleen Keane

Our families always have butcher block on speed dail. We love there food and there Irish products

George kelly

Noel is a great friend…Since 97 we have been shopping there…GREAT NEWS..AND THEY STARTED ON THE GOOD SIDE OF SUNNYSIDE..YEAH,ST RAPHAEL SIDE..THANKS GUYS..


I got you, Mary. I had to delay answering the prayers of some orphans when their orphanage was burning down in order to answer your prayers for a new supermarket, but I think it was worth it.


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