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Photo by Suzanne Monteverd/QNS
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The Empanada Spot in Bayside is now open

A Queens chain serving up Latin-American hand pies has opened up its storefront Bayside.

The long-awaited Empanada Spot location in the Bayside Hills section of the neighborhood at 61-09 Springfield Blvd. is now operational. Part of the Mama’s Empanadas chain, the eatery replaced Fresco Pizzeria and Restaurant on the commercial strip.

The menu — where items are mainly priced at $2 or less a piece — features wheat and corn flour empanadas. Customers can go for the more traditional take on the hand pies with cheese, chicken or beef or order from more unique options, including pepperoni pizza, cheeseburger and macaroni and cheese.

Breakfast and dessert empanadas, corn cake sandwiches and side dishes such as sweet plantains and fried cassava are also available to order.

The store, which opened in late April, initially took orders by phone. However, due to high demand, locals interested in satisfying their empanada cravings must currently go into the store to place their orders. Customers can either take their orders to go or sit at limited booth seating at the back of the location.

Mama’s, an established Queens chain, already operates two locations in Jackson Heights.

The storefront is flanked by S & K Accounting Corp. and Springfield Barbershop. The store can be reached at 718-224-2209.

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