May 26, 2014 By Christian Murray
El Buen Sabor, a Colombian bakery/restaurant located at 45-07 Queens Boulevard, is expanding into the old One of a Kind Thrift Shop space.
The eatery, which has been at its current location for nearly 15 years, is expected to combine the two spaces in about one month’s time.
One of a Kind Thrift Shop, which had been operating at its 45-05 Queens Blvd location for 20 years, abruptly closed its doors in February. One vandal took exception to the closure scrawling: “Gentrification is humiliation” on the window.
Javier Lopez, an owner of El Buen Sabor, said that the Colombian restaurant has done pretty well over the years and is looking to expand its client base beyond the Mexican, Colombian and Central American community.
The bakery/restaurant offers a number of Hispanic staples—from rice & beans with chicken stew, empanadas, blood sausages, plantains, chicken and steak. Many customers go to the eatery for Colombian coffee too.
Lopez said that he plans to offer table service and takeout/delivery in the new space. The menu will offer the same items as now, although Lopez plans on expanding it to include grilled food, such as Rib eye and Churrasco steak.
Lopez, who also will be introducing Wi-Fi, said that all ethnic group’s “want good food for a cheap price.”