July 7, 2015 By Christian Murray
El Buen Sabor, a Colombian bakery/restaurant located at 45-07 Queens Boulevard, is expected to complete its expansion by the end of next week.
The eatery, which has been at its current location for 15 years, is taking over the space that was previously occupied by One of a Kind Thrift Shop, which was located at 45-05 Queens Boulevard for nearly 20 years.
The expanded restaurant is likely to open by the end of next week, according to Javier Lopez, who owns the restaurant with his wife.
Lopez said the restaurant will have room for 60 seats up from the present number of 20. Furthermore, for the first time, there will be table service in addition to buying food from the counter. Additionally, he will start doing deliveries.
“We need extra room for our customers,” Lopez said. “We want people to be comfortable. It just wasn’t big enough.”
Lopez’ restaurant is likely to stay. He was able to negotiate a new 15-year lease for the combined premises.
“I’ve been in Sunnyside for 15 years and I plan to be here another 15 years,” Lopez said.
Lopez immigrated to the United States from Colombia when he was 20 and has lived in Jackson Heights since.
He said that the Colombian restaurant has done pretty well over the years and that he is looking to expand his client base beyond the Mexican, Colombian and Central American communities.
The eatery currently offers a number of Hispanic staples—from rice & beans, chicken stew, empanadas, blood sausages, plantains, chicken and steak. Many customers go to the restaurant for Colombian coffee too.
The restaurant will offer the same items as today although the menu will be expanded to include grilled food, such as Rib eye and Churrasco steak.
El Bueno does not have a license to serve alcohol. However, Lopez said that he is likely to apply for a wine and beer license after reopening.