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Sugar Freak in Astoria will reopen in the former space that housed MexiBBQ.

Sugar Freak, a New Orleans-themed restaurant in Astoria, will reopen next month in a bigger space across the street.

Formerly located at 36-18 30th Ave., the eatery will take over the building that used to house MexiBBQ at 37-11 30th Ave. Sugar Freak announced its closure in February but owner Michele Addeo and restaurateur James Paloumbis have partnered to bring back this popular dining establishment.

The new restaurant offers more space, doubling the size of the dining room and giving Chef Christian Fajardo a larger kitchen. All the furniture from the old location, including vintage plates on the walls and the tin ceiling, will be moved to the new place.

Sugar Freak serves New Orleans-inspired dishes such as po’ boys, jambalaya and brunch items such as greens, eggs and ham; bananas foster french toast; and Louisiana barbecue shrimp Benedict. There will also be new additions like seafood boils and more baked cakes and pies by Pastry Chef Michele Addeo, who makes the popular beignets, deep fried banana pudding and traditional dump cake.

Additionally, Sugar Freak will also introduce delivery, catering and lunch service.

“All parties are looking forward to continuing to serve Sugar Freak’s loyal guests, and gathering some new freaks along the way,” the owners said in a press release.


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Laura March 06, 2017 / 04:06PM
Really excited to know Sugar Freak is just moving and not closing! I think there is a typo in the article as James Paloumbis is not the owner of Sugar Freak. He is the owner of Gossip Coffee and was the owner of MexiBBQ.

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