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Turkish Coffee Shop to Open at Former Yogurberry Site on Queens Boulevard

44-01 Queens Blvd. (corner) where a Turkish coffee shop will open. (Photo: Nathaly Pesantez)

Dec. 11, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

A new cafe focusing on Turkish coffee and pastries will be opening on Queens Boulevard soon.

‘Chakra’, the likely name of the upcoming shop, is aiming for a January opening at 44-01 Queens Blvd., the site formerly occupied by Yogurberry.

The corner store has been undergoing extensive renovation work for the past month or so leading up to the opening, according to Abraham Koch, the contractor who is familiar with the shop owner’s plans.

The inside of the small shop has been gutted and with plenty of work still left to go, but it already features new teal and white paneling and wood decor. Its outside frame, additionally, has also been painted a bright teal.

Koch said the shop will offer, among other cafe staples, Turkish coffee prepared over a basin of hot sand. The coffee grinds, held in a small container with water, is continuously removed and introduced over the top of the sand in this technique until ready to serve.

The shop will also have an assortment of Turkish pastries and goods on sale, and will offer internet service in-house to patrons.

It is unclear when the prior frozen yogurt shop closed, although it enjoyed a six-year run after opening in 2012.

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Another Turkish restaurant? There are two next to each other accross the street, and another more if you keep walking straight. Is it so hard to open something else?

Portia Potty

We lost the Vietnamese coffee but now we have Turkish coffee. I hope Zen Yai will come back soon!


Me too. My favorite haunt in all of Sunnyside. It was magical: great food, beautiful plants/ambiance, nice staff. It was one of the first places I’d bring visitors to the neighborhood.


Sunnyside, trying SO hard to be relevant, so hard to be a community. It’s not and will never be. You all live by a noisy crowded boulevard that acts as a pitstop before Manhattan.

Southside Sally

Disagree. Sunnyside couldn’t be trying any less to be relevant, is *not* crowded, is not a “pitstop” on the way to Manhattan, but rather a place where people can kinda afford their rent in a well-constructed pre-war with good heat, and where it is common to walk around in flame-retardant pajama pants and pretend they are clothes.


Fantastic ! Something different at last. So glad it’s not another nail salon. Good luck to the owners.


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