Jan. 22, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
An Ecuadorian restaurant has opened on Queens Boulevard, straddling the Sunnyside and Long Island City border.
Rincon Melania, the name of the restaurant, opened late December, and is located at 35-19 Queens Blvd.
Menu items include a variety of traditional Ecuadorian dishes, like guatita (tripe stew), fritada con mote (fried pork and hominy), llapingachos (potato patties), and a variety of soups, meats, and seafood platters served with rice.
The restaurant is owned by Lucila Melania Dutan, who helped run the former Rincon Latino at 48-18 Skillman Ave. before it closed in 2012 after approximately 20 years. Her sons are now helping her run the new restaurant.
Dutan says they are close to obtaining a liquor license, and should offer a full bar in weeks time.
The restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, but will soon open for dinner every day. The restaurant is also closed on Sundays for the time being.