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Two Small Businesses in Sunnyside Shutter Permanently While A Popular Irish Bar Reopens

Bliss 46 Bistro, located at 43-46 46th St. (Queens Post)

Nov. 30, 2020 By Michael Dorgan 

Two small businesses in Sunnyside have shuttered permanently in the midst of the COVID-19 economic crisis while a bar on Queens Boulevard that closed in March has re-opened under a new name.

Bliss 46 Bistro, located at 43-46 46th St., closed Sunday after a nine-year run, according to a statement put out by the operators over the weekend.

The statement, which was released through Sunnyside Shines Saturday, did not specify the reason for the closure although it cited the recent loss of its former owner Deodoro Monge.

Monge, who also worked as the restaurant’s chef, died from complications with COVID-19 in April.

“We would like to thank each and every one of you for supporting my father’s business throughout the years,” the statement reads. “We are very grateful that my father had the chance to see his dream of opening his own restaurant come true.”

Monge had operated the restaurant since 2011 and it had become a favorite for many locals who sought French food.

The news of the closure was particularly hard given that the family lost Deodoro in the spring, according to Sunnyside Shines.

“The Monge’s have always been incredibly kind and generous members of the community and Bliss 46 Bistro is a treasured favorite of many,” the BID posted on Instagram.

A second local small business also shuttered permanently over the weekend.

KMIA Salon, located at 45-14 Queens Blvd., closed for good Saturday according to a statement by the company.

The operators cited COVID-19 as the reason for the closure. Salons have been hit particularly hard during the pandemic since they can only offer services indoors.

“This really hurts. Due to COVID-19, we can no longer continue to do what we love in Sunnyside,” the statement reads.

“To all those who helped cultivate our salon culture, or made the conscious effort to financially support us, we thank you.”

The salon had been operating for at least six years according to Google reviews. It had offered a wide range of hair services to men and women and also provided nail and make-up options.

KMIA Salon, located at 45-14 Queens Blvd. (Queens Post)

Meanwhile, a well-known Irish bar has re-opened under new ownership and a new name.

The Gaslight, located at 43-17 Queens Blvd., shuttered in March due to coronavirus restrictions but re-opened last week as “The Goat.”

The establishment has undergone a modern facelift with the exterior now sporting a dark navy façade while the inside has been refurbished to look more trendy.

Tables have been placed alongside the main counter as a workaround to over-the-counter restrictions. Under current restrictions, alcohol is only permitted to be served at tables and not directly over-the-counter.

The Goat 43-17 Queens Blvd.

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Lois C Elsis

on December 13 the owners of Bliss 46 were in the
Restaurant and told me they are closing temporarily for a major renovation. Great News….they will reopen in a
few weeks..😀

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Kat W.

A friend and I went to The Goat on Sunday and absolutely loved it! The place is nice and cozy and the staff is awesome! Highly recommended and will be going back!

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Zizmor

Of course we needed another bar, drink up and forget your problems, who cares about anyone else or the neighborhood anyway, better open another bar and invite more drunks, it’s good business especially during covid?

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Why does the Radical Right hate small business?

Why don’t the billionaire real estate developer’s followers care about the little guy? 🤔

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Judith Nemzer

What a loss, 46! Such a good restaurant, very consistent, cozy, hospitable. I had read that the chef died of covid. Terrible! Loss of good people
I will miss it.

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no jobs, no wall, no economy

It’s a shame how orange man bungled the pandemic. So many stores are closing I don’t recognize our neighborhood.

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Crybaby Conservatism

He- Which Trump vaccine are you posting about? The one by Pfizer and a German partner that made it a point not to take US taxpayer money so they wouldn’t have to deal with a politicizing president (as stated in leaked company e-mails) or the one created by Astra Zeneca in England?

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He lost, get over it 😂

Sure, the Trump Flu cost us 275,000 dead Americans.

Like you said though, Pfizer made a vaccine. Trump gets the credit because he called COVID a hoax I guess?

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Madd Donna

He lost!! And if you trust the vaccine that suddenly became “safe”, please do yourself a favor and be one of the first to get it!!

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Garden Head

Its so sad to see our neighborhood crumbling away and dying beneath our feet. Its frustrating and depressing. Nobody will ever hold Cuomo, DiBlasio, and the borough/neighborhood stooges responsible. Soon, everybody will just be voting-in equally terrible politicians again as our city continues to crumble.

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The virus will die out last April

The Trump administration caused this. Governors and local officials had to react to a failed federal response to a global event. This is happening all over the country. Garden Head provide your solution or stop whining and crying.

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Garden Head

First of all, I did not vote for Trump either election. Second, his administration did not react as poorly as it has been presented. He initially stopped flights between China and the US at the recommendation of the WHO. He also followed the advice of Dr. Fauci as well. He did what he needed to at the Federal level. According to the Constitution of the USA, he allowed states to determine their own courses of action from there. Rightfully so. We just happen to have an egotistical, dictator type governor in the state of NY. So be it, he was elected to his position.

I am not crying, I am just sad at the state of our city, and I think its mostly the fault of our state and city officials. Other states are doing better than NYC for small businesses and restaurants. Overall mentality seems to be better in other states as well. NYC is losing people, and people here are depressed. Manhattan looks like a shuttered shanty town.

I would also suggest looking at death rates from this, ask yourself questions, and determine from raw stats how you think. Look at how death rates from other causes of death have dropped, as covid deaths have risen.

I know an entire family that had covid recently, and they all recovered just fine.

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The virus will go away last April

Garden Head – Dancing with the flag and calling the virus a hoax in March at CPAC made things worse. Publicly stating the virus was nothing but a flu when he told Bob Woodward in an interview weeks before this proclamation that the virus was more damaging, contagious and deadlier than the flu. Trump never stopped flights, he restricted them a big difference. And way too late. He even publicly congratulated China on its handling of crisis at this time. The federal government didn’t start restrictions on Italian and European flights until March when the virus had already made its way to our shores. Just google channel 2 news interviewing obviously sick passengers at JFK looking for places to quarantine. Your mention of the constitution and Trump “allowing”states to determine their own course of action during a worldwide pandemic is not at all what happened and actually the result of ineptitude regarding the Trump administration. You’re calling Cuomo egotistical in comparison to Trump? Now you’re just ridiculous. Cuomo brought down the “curve” restored our healthcare system and literally saved lives. Our infection rate is now one of the lowest of the 50 states. Trumps negligence in handling international flights allowed the virus to enter NY. Fact. Cuomo was forced to cleanup the mess. Fact! In every state business and restaurants are suffering not just NY. All States! Yes let’s look at the death rate nearly 300 thousand dead! Thank you for politicizing of peoples suffering and lives. Please provide solutions in your next post instead of a passive aggressive politicizing whine.

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# dumpcuomo

Cuomo killed granny in nursing homes
Nice that you side with Chinese communist government
There were Americans trapped in China who wanted to return here
I guess you would have left them rot in China
You are smother one who is brainwashed by Andrew.

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White House infection rate higher than nursing homes'

You’re against orange man super-spreading the virus personally right? lol

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Crybaby Conservatism

Hashtagger- No Trump killed Granny with his negligence arrogance apathy and incompetence just like he killed over. 250,000 other Americans. Now you’re conceding Trump never really canceled those Chinese flights with that new Trump the hero who was only trying to rescue trapped Americans by allowing flights from China fairytale. Is hair dye running down your face?

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Garden Head

Many of you do not realize how close we are to either

a) no rights as human beings

b) no rights because we live under a fascist government

c) no rights because we might be approaching and/or have ‘achieved’ singularity under ‘moore’s law’

d) all of the above

e) other answer – please elaborate if you have any other answers that do not fit into the decided categories.

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Garden Head

So the solution is to look at science, stop ruining the economy, and stop allowing the media to dictate your life through psychological manipulation and fear tactics. Live your life! You are only here once (depending upon your beliefs).

It sounds like a vaccine is on the way, if thats what you want. It may or may not be safe, depending upon what you believe. But regardless, it should help suppress this rhetoric that really doesnt progress society anywhere.

And thats the primary point right? Progression? Are you tired of stagnation? Then stop placing your energy into these worthless arguments! I can put a sock into my mouth for that, but somebody has to say it. This isnt left vs right. This is far more than that. It is all too politicized. This is about issues that a political party cant solve. I just hope that everybody is able to work together. That is all.

This is about fixing a nation, fixing a city, and fixing a neighborhood.

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He lost

Trump stopped running the economy the day after Election Day. Trump has been throwing a public tantrum since election night. The same way he handled the pandemic. He does not care!Face it.

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Mike T

@Garden Head- politicizing this pandemic is immoral and an affront on God. The death rate so far in 2020 is 10% higher than the death rates of 2018 & 2019. A very large segment of COVID victims are experiencing long term affects like shortness of breath, hair loss, tooth loss and brain fog to name a few, months after diagnosis.

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Garden Head

Mike, I am trying to view facts objectively. I agree with you that the politicization of this situation has been an absolute atrocity for everybody’s well-being, and should, above all, serve as a reminder that we NEED TO ABANDON THE TWO PARTY SYSTEM for anything to be effected.

Unless we abandon the two-party system, there will never be any sort of compromise, even over objectivity. We will continue to slap band-aid after band-aid on a wound that is rotten and infected underneath. That is the underlying, objective truth.

So, if you have any sort of truth that is more truthful than mine, then I would welcome the info. Otherwise, all we have are presented stats, and subjective pieces based upon these stats.

What I have seen are total death numbers rise slightly, in accordance with the graphs for the average age of death for people within the associated age demographic. What i have yet to see is an absolute death rate chart that encompasses the entirety of 2020, to date. I have seen the CDC charts up to Q1 2020, which match previous years. please show me more from an un-biased, objective, truthful, scientific source.

Until then, let it be known that absolute truth and objectivity is NOT against the morals, word, or will of God, karma, the universe, mathematics, physics, any branch of science, or any other known entity, natural, supernatural, dead or alive, figment of imagination, human consciousness itself, projection of psychology or neurosis, race, religion, skin color, ethnicity, culture, gender.

Its all whatever. I do not care.

Truth is truth. Objectivity is objectivity. This is more than superficial. In order to solve a problem, we must think more deeply than the problem itself.

All I see now is distraction from truth. Please, everybody, ask yourself what you want in life for yourself and for other people. Im sure we all want different things, dependent upon our own experiences.

But there lies another problem. What are ‘things’ but yet another categorization? And categorization leads to separation and disagreement. We all will never agree on anything with our different life experience, but I do think that pure truth in each individual experience leads to enlightenment.

So to really see truth, an underlying factor in human learning, you must understand why things happen, why things are presented the way they are, why, why, and why even ask ‘why’?

So, Mike, before you accuse me of being immoral, please think twice with your logic. I would gladly discuss this topic with you further, but you might need a partial, but insignificant upload of my consciousness, to which I do NOT consent.

But, that’s why I am not a politician…these scum-bags seem to thrive on erosion of our right as human beings.

Crybaby Conservatism

Vegan lover- We heard that in the 60’s, again in the 70’s, again in the 80’s, yet again in the 90’s and after 9/11.

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The virus will disappear last April

Vegan – This doesn’t prove your point at all, it does the opposite. Hahaha Detroit didn’t materialize during or from any of those earlier predictions and Detroit won’t materialize with your protection.

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Garden Head

Having been a resident of downtown Detroit during the economic recession of 2008/2009, I am honestly confused by this terse rhetoric about Detroit. Do any of you know its history? Or how it was during 08-09, and since? I dont know what points either of you are trying to make…

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