Updated on Tuesday, Aug. 11
The popular Cajun-style restaurant will be featuring a select seasonal menu and full cocktail and beer menu in the 1,800-square-foot rooftop area, which sits approximately 30 feet above the current restaurant and will be lit with French Quarter-style lanterns.
Although construction on the rooftop bar is done, Bourbon Street is still in the process of completing work on its second-floor private event space, which can accommodate up to 140 guests for parties, business meetings and cocktail receptions. Seven television screens of up to 70 inches will show sports games and major sporting events such as boxing matches.
Work on the eatery’s interior layout and exterior façade is also still underway, including a shift in the location of the front entrance.
In addition to the new features in the restaurant’s layout, Bourbon Street will also be welcoming a new member of its kitchen staff with the arrival of chef Stephen C. Krische. He previously honed his culinary talents at the Bayhouse in Rockaway’s Breezy Point and the Rock Center Café.
At a preview event Monday, Bourbon Street owner Mark Boccia said that he felt a lot of support from the Bayside community and that a rooftop venue was something unique in the neighborhood, which is already known for its culinary offerings.
“The community really wanted something new, they really wanted a rooftop,” Boccia said. “We wanted to keep people coming to Bayside, to Bell Boulevard. We just wanted to keep up with the times.”