Popular Queens Kickshaw eatery in Astoria will become a Chinese restaurant

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Queens Kickshaw in Astoria officially closed its doors on Aug. 27 but vowed to reopen in the coming months with a renovated restaurant and new theme.

In a post on its website, owners Jennifer Lim and Ben Sandler said they would close the eatery to make way for a new one in October. The restaurant first opened at 40-17 Broadway in March 2011.

According to Grub Street, Lim and Sandler have decided to turn the restaurant into a Chinese eatery.

The menu will include “Sichuan, some Filipino-Chinese dishes Jen grew up with, as well as twists on American-Chinese takeout,” Sandler told Grub Street.

In a Facebook post, the owners said they were “honored to have met so many of you, fostered lasting connections, and collaborated with local purveyors and partners.”

But due to “growing business challenges” Lim and Sandler decided to remodel the restaurant and change the food and drink menu.

“The Kickshaw spirit will stay in place, though the food and beverage will change,” the letter read. “We will maintain our mission of being a supportive workplace while envisioning a new gathering spot for the neighborhood.”

To raise money for the new endeavor, the owners are selling pre-opening week dinner tickets for $35. The tickets include food, drink, tax and gratuity.

They also encourage people to sign up for their mailing list to receive information about the new restaurant as the opening date approaches.

Lim and Sandler did not respond to a request for comment as of press time.

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