Ordering Up Hi- Rise at Abbraciamento’s

Tower Plan For Rego Park Site

Apartments may soon be served on the former site of Joe Abbraciamento’s Restaurant in Rego Park.

Closed since Mar. 2, the former Joe Abbraciamento’s Restaurant in Rego Park may soon be transformed into a seven-story apartment house, according to plans submitted last week to the city Department of Buildings.

Plans for a seven-story apartment building with up to 120 units at the former eatery located at 62-92 Woodhaven Blvd. were posted on the Department of Buildings’ (DOB) online database last week. Approval is pending DOB review.

Filed by Shibber A. Khan of SAK Structures LLC in Long Island City, the proposal calls for a 73′-tall tower totalling over 96,000 sq. ft. with 47 parking spots in an underground garage.

The site consists of the former Abbraciamento restaurant, which closed its doors on Mar. 2 after over 60 years in business at the location. Joe Abbraciamento’s occupied a ground-level restaurant and the former Drake moviehouse, which it acquired and expanded into during the 1990s.

According to DOB records, the site is located in R4B and R8B general residence lots with C1-2 commercial overlay. Even though stores are permitted, the proposal does not include any commercial space.

In the plans, Khan is also identified as a member of Woodhaven Capital LLC, also of Long Island City, which is listed as the site’s owner.

The Times Newsweekly emailed Khan for comment, but as of press time, no response was provided.

As reported in this paper, Joe Abbraciamento’s owners said they were retiring the restaurant but did not rule out reopening someday at another location. In recent years, the restaurant hosted local community and civic groups for a variety of functions such as scholarship luncheons, anniversary parties and fund-raisers.

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