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OT to Reopen This Week, with Focus on Mediterranean Food and Sports


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Jan. 12, 2015 By Christian Murray

This Sunnyside bar/restaurant got off to a tough start.

Over Time, located at 39-31 Queens Blvd, opened in August and promised that it would offer live music, DJs and dancing. The owner, however, quickly received word from officials that these activities were not sanctioned in accordance to its liquor license and it was forced to close.

Today, nearly five months later, the establishment is about to open and will operate as a Mediterranean restaurant and a sports bar.

“We used the time to focus on our restaurant and our menu,” said Sean Verderber, the assistant manager, who claimed the time was not wasted.

The venue is expected to open this Thursday, with its hours from 11 am to 1 am seven days per week.

The bar is going to be offering a range of exotic drinks—such as strawberry mojitos, water melon martinis and cucumber gin. Beer will be sold by the bottle.

The menu will include a wide range of Greek items from Souvlaki to lamb Shish Kabob. It will include fried calamari to a number of seafood dishes—as well as steak, lamb chops, burgers to Greek-rice pudding.

“The food is upscale but at a reasonable price,” Verderber said. “Many people will be impressed.”

Verderber said that there will be a comment box inside the restaurant allowing diners to make suggestions or provide their opinion.

The establishment will also be making sure that sports fans are well served. There will be a bar menu that includes wings and mozzarella sticks.

“We will be showing all the games – whether it be football, hockey or soccer,” he said. “I want this to be a place where everyone feels comfortable.”

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Went to OT to watch the Superbowl and even though my team lost we had a great time. The owner and staff were very friendly. Their food was superb. Definitely worth trying out and I know I’ll definitely be back. Good Luck guys!!


advice to owners of OT: Don’t keep all your windows covered by those curtains! I’ve walked by the place tons of times and have never been sure whether the place is opened, closed, or a stripper joint. No other bars do this. And definitely not restaurants.
I hope the food is good and fresh. As others have commented, it seems the place has an identity crisis – like it’s trying to appear like a exclusive lounge/bar even though it’s now a mediterranean restaurant/sports bar. I think they should try to make the place more consistent in terms of concept and appearance in order to attract more people


Was in there on the weekend. The bartender was on point. My drinks were phenomenal. I’m a hot wings girl and the spicy buffalo was so yummy. Good job OT. I will definitely be back!


As others have posted, the damn place looking through the darkened windows seemed like a mausoleum.
Managed a gawk inside months ago, terrible, really dark and gloom.
The guys need to get a life and give some thought to feng shui or something similar.
Otherwise, better as a funeral parlor.

Anonymous visitor

LOL this place was Gallagers Topless untill zoning and they moved to 38 street and still set up as a bar night club not a resturant do they plan serving at that huge bar too they say hey open at 11 am and close at 1 to this date i have not seen them open at 11 am they act more after hours they have been on the sneek for over 2 months now

Anonymous visitor

they sneeky up to no good open in late evening and late night as after hours curtians always blocking view inside been that way since December

watermelon steak pudding

So, with pink and lavender neon lighting and with high, single-pole, stools this is supposed to be a ‘bar’ that will be catering to sports fans. Yet, at the same time, it will feature Greek food, including “Souvlaki to lamb Shish Kabob.” Oh, and “a number of seafood dishes—as well as steak, lamb chops, burgers to Greek-rice pudding.” Yet, at the same time, it will feature ‘exotic’ drinks. It seems it has an identity crisis. Word to the wise: do something well rather than doing a bunch of things crappily.

I can just picture it: there you are sitting on one of those stools, and there on the little round table in front of you is your steak. You’re struggling to keep your balance and cut the meat. The rice pudding is jiggling all over the place. Wash it all down with your water melon martini. Yuck!


get rid of those damn black curtains and let people see inside or……………… there something to hide??? No establishment has ever lasted on this corner……..but wish them luck


That decor suggests stripper poles will soon be a feature. This place hasn’t a prayer. Maybe hire a designer. If it’s going to serve food get serious about it. This looks like the last season of Miami Vice.

bearded hipsta robot

this the place that has black curtains up all the time, why would anyone go in there. I always thought it was a private party goin on. Owners pretty stupid for this. Plus, if you add a B to the sign it looks lime OTB, same color sheme and font. This place got problems.

Sir will Regal

They should open the curtains so people can look inside! people hate going into places that are dark. They want to be able to see what they are getting into.


The decor is very 1995. But if it has good food, it might be a nice alternative to say, Sidetracks.

Silent majority

Oh yes please let me wear my sports jersey. Its a definite necessary for any mans wardrobe.

Boyd Rice

How can you not know what your liquor license allows you to do in your establishment? I would assume that would be an important thing to know before you open your business that is so dependent on liquor sales? Will there still be bottle service to go along with my fried cheese sticks? Has the dress code been updated to allow for ball caps and athletic jerseys? Seemed strange that their name is a sports reference and they claim to be a sports bar but didn’t allow it’s patrons to wear sports gear….

el loco

el loco will be there. Come and meet him. I hope the building owner doesn’t sell. I’m not a robot!


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