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Vivaldi Ristorante in Bayside, which was once the home of silent-film star Rudolph Valentino, and later, of Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, might see some changes in the future.

According Meghan Lalor, a Parks Department spokesperson, the department and Vivaldi Ristorante has mutually agreed to an early termination of its license agreement. However, the operators plan on staying in the business. “The restaurant is operational and will continue to do so [sic],” a representative from Vivaldi Ristorante told QNS.

Mitchell J. Silver, Commissioner of the Parks Department issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the operation, renovation and maintenance of the facility on Friday, July 1.

According to the RFP, “Parks is seeking a concessionaire for one (1) fifteen-year term. No longer term will be considered. This concession will be operated pursuant to a license issued by Parks; no leasehold or other proprietary right is offered.”

Below is a schedule of events for those who are interested in the property:


Information provided by Clearview Restaurant and Banquet Facility RFP

The elegant Italian restaurant, located at 201-10 Cross Island Pkwy, offered a sprawling dining space and outdoor garden where birthday parties, communions, weddings, Sweet 16s, bridal showers and other events were held.

In May, Vivaldi Ristorante hosted Taste of Bayside with 10+ participating restaurants from the area. 

In addition to the restaurant’s captivating views of lavish Clearview Golf Course, the location is one of the most scenic and historic sites in northern Queens.

The historic Bayside mansion has been a revolving door of its operators in the recent years. In 2009, the operator Caffé on the Green was terminated by the Parks Department amid reports of sloppy finances. Valentino’s on the Green took over after that, but was soon replaced by Patrizia’s in 2013. Patrizia’s shut down after less than a year in business, and Vivaldi Ristorante took over in May 2013.


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