May 15, 2015 By Christian Murray
El Buen Sabor, a Colombian bakery/restaurant located at 45-07 Queens Boulevard, is expanding into the space next door that was previously occupied by a thrift shop.
The eatery, which has been at its current location for 15 years, is expected to combine the two spaces by July.
One of a Kind Thrift Shop, which had been operating at its 45-05 Queens Blvd location for 20 years, abruptly closed its doors a little over a year ago and moved to Astoria. At the time, the owner claimed the rent was too high.
Javier Lopez, an owner of El Buen Sabor, said recently 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 bakery/restaurant currently 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.
The expanded restaurant will offer table service and takeout/delivery. The eatery will offer the same items as today although the menu will be expanded to include grilled food, such as Rib eye and Churrasco steak.