Beloved Howard Beach tapas restaurant Saffron will close its doors in March after 15 years in business

Saffron is slated to close in March.
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Beloved Howard Beach fixture Saffron has announced it will close its doors on Sunday, Mar. 24th. The Mediterranean restaurant- located at 161-50 Crossbay Blvd.- specializes in Spanish tapas and innovative fusion cuisine, featuring an array of vibrant seafood, veggie and meat tapas and various paella dishes. The family and chef owned restaurant boasts flamenco nights for diners to enjoy during select dinner services.

The restaurant has been operating at this location for over 15 years with their executive chef Herbert Duarte, bringing in over 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry.

Saffron took to Facebook and Instagram, to break the news of the closing to its loyal customer base. “Our Saffron era is coming to an end. After proudly serving the Queens community for the last fifteen years it is with our deepest regret and sadness to announce the closing of Saffron.”

The message continued to express appreciation for their customers and the memories made over the years. “We have seen so many of you over the years get married and have kids, we wish we could stay here forever with your growing families.”

Residents posted their responses on social media to express their heartbreak over the news. “ My heart dropped, so many countless memories spent here since I moved to Howard Beach almost 10 years ago. From the first time I walked in I felt like I was home” wrote one user. “Saffron, you’re going to be missed. Our family has enjoyed so many delicious meals and celebrated countless milestone events. You will always have a special place in our hearts,” wrote Christine Abreu.

Many residents reminisced on their fond memories with Saffron and their feelings towards the welcoming staff.

“ I am so sorry to hear this news about my favorite restaurant. Thank you so much for all the great times, the dishes I had and the friends I met. Thank you for making my family feel like a part of your family,” wrote one resident on Instagram.

Currently, there is no published statement as to why the restaurant is closing after its long tenure in the Howard Beach area.


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