Sept. 20, 2015 By Christian Murray
A Mexican restaurant will be opening on the corner of 47th Street and Greenpoint Avenue where Bliss Street Station had been located for more than 25 years.
The restaurant, called Chihuahuh, is expected to open at the 47-02 Greenpoint Ave. location during the first week of October.
The new owners consist of three family members who have a long history in running Spanish restaurants.
Alejandro Nava, 36, who owns the Spanish restaurant Café Ole in Astoria, is one of the owners—along with his two uncles Lino Nava, 38, and Alfonso Nava, 40.
The three men immigrated to the United States from Mexico at different times when each was around 10 years old. They have all lived in Astoria ever since.
Alejandro said that his friend owns the Greenpoint Ave. property and when he heard that Bliss Street Station was not renewing its lease they decided to take over the space.
He said their goal is to open a “trendy Mexican restaurant” for the wider community that will offer traditional Mexican food at affordable prices.
There will be modern Mexican music, sport on TV, weekend brunch and drink specials.
“This will be a Mexican restaurant but it will be for everyone and it will be nice,” Alejandro said.
The menu will be 100 percent Mexican, he said, with burritos, tacos, quesadillas, guacamole and everything people would expect. The bar will offer a full range of cocktails—from margaritas to the Cuban-inspired Mojito.
Alejandro said that they are waiting to install a charcoal grill and are likely to get the Department of Buildings to sign off on it fairly soon. That is what is holding them up from opening.
The name of the restaurant was not inspired by the famous Mexican dog. Alejandro said the name was selected based on the city where the dog comes from.
He said that many people are attached to Chihuahua City since it is rich in Mexican tradition.
“It is where you will find people wearing sombreros and Mariachi,” he said.