Rewarding news for those of us walking by Wine Gallery (72-27 Austin) the last few months wondering what's been going on. I confirmed with the owner last night that the Wine Gallery space will become a higher-end bar/restaurant called "The Bonfire Grill."
The new owners already operate two successful similar resturants in Manhattan. One on the Upper East Side called "The Uptown Lounge" (3rd Ave. bet 88th/89th), and one in Murray Hill called "Choice Kitchen NYC" (3rd Ave. bet 27th/28th). Both are rated well in Zagat's and Shecky's Bar Guide. And Citysearch reviewers rave about both, with the most recent reviewer calling Uptown Lounge "The Best Brunch on the UES" (nice).
I'm meeting with the new owners (whose contact information I got from the Cobble Hill-based architect working on the space) in two weeks but did get a chance to speak briefly to him on the phone last night. He described it a smaller version of the The Uptown Lounge and he went out of his way to say that "you're really going to be impressed by the food."
So very exciting news for Forest Hills. A lot of us have been clammoring for a cool bar with a thoughtful kitchen and it looks like that's what we got right here from across the river..
Look for an opening on or around March 1st and much more to come on on this site. Looks like we're not just for grandmothers anymore. . .
top photo from Forest Hills 72, bottom photo of Uptown Lounge from Shecky's.com