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Queens Blvd Restaurant Expands, Takes Over Space Next Door


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.

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Avoid the Noid

This is exactly how Nazi Germany rose to power. By expanding their territory.


El Loco your not funny……your bias may be subtle and veiled in humor but your intent is not honorable. You need to find another forum to vent.

Sir William Regal

Seth Is a WHINER and another thing you Americans do not speak English you speak American. We in England laugh at how much you butcher our language.


Why the hate? My name does happen to be Mishik……Moishe is easier…El loco you need to be more tolerant. Because i’m Jewsih…I should’nt have an opinion or i have to change my name?


@El Loco. ..or Julio, Carlos or whatever your real name is…I am sure you are happy to eat there despite whatever grade they actually deserve as you embrace your cultural traditions…as they say here in the United States to each his own…You can count me out…Adios

El loco

Hey Seth or Moishe or Pincus or Ari:

I don’t want to eat at dirty places. That’s why I learned to cook. The letter grade system is a fraud. 90% of restaurants get A’s.


@El Loco NY Post…..Yet another piece of the puzzle falls into place. Posted below is the list of violations for the establishment 1 BUEN SABOR
Violations recorded in the following area (s) and a Notice of Violation issued at the reinspection conducted on 01/16/2015.
“Critical” violations are displayed in red.
Violation points: 27
Sanitary Violations
1) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F.
2) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
3) Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.
Tell Burger King, Golden Wok, New Wah Yeung Kitchen and Mr. Won Ton. just to name a few of the local establishments shut down in the past few months by the health department, what a joke the rating system is. Stop being so lazy and do a little fact checking. The information and truth are out there you’re not going to get either from a Murdoch publication. It looks as if there is more than evidence of rodents.

funny, I AM actually a robot

how the hell does this place pay queens blvd rents, now it will be doubled Never see the place crowded with a line out the door. Why the need to expand a mediocre dump like this?


The thrift shop owed lots of back rent. I don’t recall the departure was ‘abrupt.’ And where in Astoria did it go?

El loco

Hey checkout the article in Saturday’s NY Post about the health grades. Only 4% of inspectors ever show up for hearings. If a restaurant gets below an A all they have to do is show up for the hearing and they will get bumped up to an A. 90% of restaurants get an A. It’s a fraud. Being of Colombian descent I’m happy for El Bueno.


Let’s hope they will fire the nasty old woman that dips up the food on the hot bar! She is extremely rude to clients and this is why I haven’t stepped foot back in this place. It’s almost like she is racist against anyone that is non-Hispanic. I’m white. I will not visit this location again.

El loco

Your logic about excepting rodents is moronic as are you. Crime was accepted here at one time also. Nowadays a lousy subway is accepted. Get rid of your fake name also.

Arepa king

Do these people have all their permits to be doing this work???
Are they paying all their sales tax and employees on or off the books?
Amazing how they have the money for a gut renovation huH??

David Garzon

If you enter the establishment and look up against the wall behind the counter, they have each employees operating food license, so…


My point being that not all cultures are steeped in the same culinary traditions….if you cannot accept the diversity of cuisine and the tradition with which it is prepared…then don’t eat it. You should move to the mountains and purify your own water….

El loco

Moishe or whatever your phony Jewish name is today. The only point is on your head. You are a total fool.

irish eyes

Someone please explain what the “HOLOCAUST” has to do with this bodega expanding?

Top Dollar

A man has an idea. The idea attracts others, like minded. The idea expands. The idea becomes the institution. What was the idea?


Seth…I think your being a bit harsh…….I eat there occasionally… family emigrated to the U.S. after the holocaust and it took a generation to adapt. My father was never able to speak english proficiently but that did’nt stop him. Getting back to the “B” ….many places in Sunnyside have a rodent problem….it is a fact of life and something we as New Yorker’s must learn to accept if we are to sample the cultural wonders of our new neighbors.


But then there are those establishments with “A” grades. How do you explain that? Why can they maintain it and others cannot?
“New Yorkers must learn to accept…”
We shouldn’t accept filth especially when it comes to food!


Let’s hope they can clean up and get rid of that B rating from the health department. .Would be helpful if the counter people spoke some English. .


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