After City Rib closed several years ago and then morphed into Moda Grill, that lasted a year, I figure that huge space at Parsons and 89th would be the typical Jamaica shit, a big ass 99 cent store.
Walking by the other day, I noticed some work going on inside and wondered what will be going in that space. Well, now it seem the chain Dallas BBQ will takes it place. Well, nothing to write home about and at least better than Applebee’s (which is like saying prostate cancer is better than lung cancer), if they go with the plan to have an outdoor sidewalk cafe, that is at least a plus. You can have a drink and eat in the barely fresh air while trucks, buses and other tons of vehicles come by, while the plentiful homeless from the shelters a few blocks away try to hit you up for money.
I guess it is progress of a sort, the throw shit up against the wall and see what sticks progress. In the meantime, I will take it, because, well, the Jamaica bar is set so low to begin with, it is hard to get any worse anymore, well, almost. Jamaica does surprise you with how fucking low it can go.
From DNAInfo New York:
Dallas BBQ Plans To Open New Outpost in Downtown Jamaica, Officials Say
Dallas BBQ is planning to open its new outpost at 89-14 Parsons Blvd. this summer, officials said.
QUEENS — Dallas BBQ is planning to open its new outpost in downtown Jamaica this summer, according to documents and local officials.
The chain, known for its ribs and steaks, is seeking to launch its newest restaurant at 89-14 Parsons Blvd. near 89th Avenue, on the first floor of Moda, a building constructed several years ago atop of the former Queens Family Courthouse, said Yvonne Reddick, district manager for Community Board 12.
The space which can seat up to 200 patrons was initially occupied by CityRib, a sit-down barbecue eatery run by a high-end Manhattan restaurant group, which opened in 2013.
In 2015, it was replaced by Moda Grill, serving American comfort food, which closed last year.
Reddick said that Dallas BBQ is aiming to open its Jamaica location sometime in July and that its representatives are slated to meet with the CB12 consumer affairs committee later this month.
She also added that she hopes the restaurant will do well in the neighborhood because “they are family-oriented.”
According to the Department of Consumer Affairs, Dallas BBQ has also applied to open a sidewalk café at the location. The application is currently pending, and a public hearing to discuss the proposed sidewalk cafe has been scheduled for May 31, according to the DCA and a note placed on the eatery doors.
This will be the second Queens location for the chain, which also has an outpost at the Rego Center Mall in Rego Park.
A representative for the chain confirmed that it’s planning to open a new restaurant in Jamaica this summer, but would not provide further details.