Aug. 17, 2012 By Christian Murray
A Colombian restaurant opened three weeks ago at 40-12 Queens Blvd. taking the space that was previously occupied by the well-known Colombian bakery Trigo Y Café.
La Hoguera Paisa is a 24/7 eatery that sells bread, cookies and other baked good at the front, while offering a large sit-down dining experience in the back.
The restaurant generates a lot of morning business, according to the owner, as residents drop in on their way to the subway. “Many get their coffee and baked goods,” said Jose Restrepo, a co-owner of the restaurant.
The restaurant offers an extensive dual language menu, which features seafood, meat and chicken specials. “The native dishes are popular, especially the Bandeja Paisa for $12.95,” Restrepo said.
The natural fruit shakes with flavors like passion fruit, mango and papaya are also popular. They sell for $2.50 each.
The restaurant employs eight workers and Restrepo hopes to add staff and upgrade the premises as business improves.