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Whitestone shopping center sold for $24M


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

A popular Whitestone shopping center has been sold again, but the neighborhood hotspot is likely to remain the same.

Feil Whitestone LLC, an entity under The Feil Organization, bought the property at 153-01 10th Ave. from Onyx Equities and Crow Holdings for nearly $24 million, officials announced Monday.

“It’s a good location,” Brian Feil, the company’s vice president, told The Courier. “From our point of view, it’s a very good investment.”

The 62,000-square-foot shopping center remains fully leased and anchored by a 40,000-square-foot Waldbaum’s, Feil said.

This means the supermarket chain — owned by the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, known as A&P — keeps its power to lease out the other 20,000 square feet of shops.

The diverse mix of local tenants currently includes an Astoria Federal Bank, Emperor House Chinese Restaurant and Cascarino’s pizzeria.

It was unclear whether A&P would make any changes to the current plan. The company did not respond to requests for comment.

Some tenants and residents hope the center remains the same.

Cascarino’s co-owner, Jimmy Coady, said his restaurant was not affected when the shopping site changed hands in 2012.

Onyx purchased the property then from an affiliate of ABA Partners for nearly $18 million, according to The Real Deal.

“I hope this doesn’t mean anything bad for me,” Coady said. “I grew up in the neighborhood. Everybody in the neighborhood shops there. I hope I can stay there.”

Feil, a real estate company based in New York City, also owns the Glen Oaks Shopping Center at 255-01 Union Tpke.

 

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Comedy lounge replaces Bayside pizzeria Cascarino’s


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

At a former Bayside pizzeria, customers are coming for laughs instead of slices.

Cascarino’s closed its 39-17 Bell Boulevard restaurant in January for economic reasons and has only offered catering and delivery services since.

Jimmy’s Comedy Lounge moved into the location on April 5.

“I’m trying to bring something different to Bell Boulevard,” said co-owner Jimmy Coady. “There’s nowhere to go [in Bayside].”

Entertainers Corey Rodrigues and Matt Burke have already graced the new club. Jokester Mark DeMayo is scheduled to perform April 26.

Rooms at the comedy lounge are also available for party rentals. Coady said he is thinking of holding an open mic night.

Admission is 21 and over. For event tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com.

-BY MELISSA CHAN AND ADJANI SHAH

 

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Family tradition continued at Cascarino’s


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Photo by Joanna Adduci

I’m not sure if it was the savory scarpariello sauce, the homemade cheesecake cannoli or the quaint, authentic atmosphere, but I’m now certain that Cascarino’s Brick Over Pizzeria & Ristorante is much more than a neighborhood pizzeria.

At Cascarino’s, “every day is Sunday.” Nestled in Bayside on Bell Boulevard, this “pizzeria” offers an abundance of entrees, flavorful appetizers and innovative desserts.

Chatting with owner Jimmy, I was informed of the detail and legacy within the selections on his menu. His grandmother was the inspiration behind many of the dishes, and Italian influences stressing the importance of simplicity and good, quality food were critical in creating many of the appetizers, entrees and desserts.

Chipotle mussels, eggplant caponata, buffalo calamari – this establishment aims to reinvent common Italian classics with southwestern influences and family-inspired traditions. Instead of breading the calamari heavily, Cascarino’s lightly fries the squid and serves it with made-to-order marinara sauce, prepared fresh each and every time.

The pasta dishes at Cascarino’s remind me of Sunday dinner at my grandfather’s home. Bolognese sauce- sweet, meaty, simply delicious; rigatoni with eggplant and tomato sauce – an assortment of textures, vivid colors and elegant presentation. The highlight of my pasta tasting was the lobster ravioli alla vodka, a creative pairing of flavorful lobster-filled ravioli bathed in a sea of rosy, velvety vodka sauce — very tasty.

The menu at Cascarino’s is hefty, to say the least. The owners offer most Italian classics including parmigiana dishes and your classic spaghetti and meatballs. For my entrée, I tasted the chicken scarpariello, tender roasted potatoes, sausage and bits of chicken all doused in a thick, savory sauce. My guest tried the cavatelli mascarpone, served with Prosciutto di Parma, bits of onion and mascarpone cheese in a plum tomato sauce. Created by owner Jimmy, this entree uses thick, rich cheese and sweet plum tomatoes to present an inventive customer favorite.

As a customary end to an Italian dinner, we finished the meal with espresso and dessert. Homemade cheesecake cannoli came about when owner Jimmy ran out of cannoli cream before a catering customer arrived and needed to think fast- little did he know this dessert would become a restaurant staple.

Cascarino’s is the essence of traditional Italian cuisine served in a quaint, comfortable atmosphere. Make sure to visit Jimmy and hear of his grandmother’s legacy, continued to this day, through the cuisine served at this cozy establishment.