Nov. 19, 2011 By Christian Murray
Two businesses opened this week between 39th Street and 39th Place, with another one expected to have a grand opening this week.
On Monday, a pizza shop called Verdecchio Pizzeria opened at 39-11 Queen Blvd, which sells slices for $2.25 and large 18” pies for $13.00. The shop also serves heros, pasta, burgers and salads.
The pizzeria is owned by Juan Quinde, a Sunnyside resident who has another pizzeria in Harlem. The restaurant is being managed by his cousin Hector Quinde, also from Sunnyside.
“We have always wanted to open a pizzeria close to home and we have the experience [to do so],” said Hector Quinde. He added that he expects 40% of the shop’s sales to come from pizza, with the remainder coming from other food types.
The space was previously occupied by the Japanese restaurant Chikurin.
Meanwhile, Xio Lounge (located at 39-17 Queens Blvd) held its grand opening tonight, taking over the space that was previously operated by Ra Café & Lounge. The owners describe the business as “bringing upscale Manhattan to Queens” offering a “contemporary/modern look and classy ambiance.”
This week Deal$, the nationwide discount store owned by the Dollar Tree, is expected to open. The store is taking over the space previously occupied by Master Billards at 39-01 Queens Blvd.
The Dollar Tree is a publicly traded company that has thousands of stores across the nation.