Salt & Bone Smokehouse in Astoria closes to be replaced with ghost restaurant

Photo from Google Street Map
Photo from Google Street Map

Salt & Bone, the barbecue restaurant located at 32-07 30th Ave. in Astoria, closed its doors on Oct. 25. But, the restaurant will reopen with a new name and menu.

The name of the new eatery is Bare Bone Weekend and will be a “ghost restaurant,” or a delivery only eatery. The food will follow in the style of the restaurant’s name and be a mix of Salt & Bone barbecue, Bareburger burgers and vegan comfort food from 7 Day Weekend.

“With Bareburger we’ve always made sure guests were able to eat with their friends at the same table regardless of allergies or dietary preferences. Bare Bone Weekend will do the same while offering a better variety of options,” according to CEO of Bareburger Restaurant Group Euripides Pelekanos.

The new concept came after Bareburger noticed a positive shift in demand for vegan/vegetarian options after introducing Beyond and Impossible meat proteins. Pelekanos teamed up with the 14-year veteran vegan chef, Rudy “Vegicano” Ramos, to start developing a menu for an all vegan concept that is now known as 7 Day Weekend.

“Over the last 10 years, we’ve seen takeout and delivery become 50 percent of the restaurant business. We wanted to focus on higher-quality delivery which focuses on faster delivery, hotter food and greater consistency,” Pelekanos added.

Having a web-based restaurant allows for more menu flexibility and more customers since seating will never be a problem. Ghost kitchens are growing in popularity as the demand for takeout food from quality restaurants rises.