Aug. 23, 2012 Staff Report
A new Turkish eatery is moving into the location that was previously occupied by Habibi –– on the corner of 43rd Street and 43rd Avenue.
The Turkish store, called Grill 43, is replacing the Lebanese eatery that was open until three weeks ago. While Grill 43 is unlikely to open for a couple of weeks, its signs went up Tuesday night.
The new business is across the street from the similarly-named 43 Bar & Grill.
“I noticed the new signs when I was parking my car,” Nick Murphy, a co-owner of the bar said. “I had no reaction,” a perplexed Murphy said, adding that “why would the owner do that?”
Murphy has no idea who owns Grill 43 and there’s been no dialogue. Murphy’s not concerned about customer confusion. “It’s a local neighborhood and people know us.”
In other developments, Murphy said that 43 Bar & Grill will soon be offering Atomic Wings. The bar/restaurant has entered into a 10 year franchising deal with the company.
“Atomic Wings is looking to expand into Queens, Long Island and Connecticut,” Murphy said, adding that “Our territory will include all of Sunnyside and parts of Woodside.”
“The new arrangement should be operational within two weeks,” Murphy said, adding that it will be “just in time for the NFL season.”