Restaurants in the heart of the next Forest Avenue Stroll
STATEN ISLAND, NY — Organizers of the Forest Avenue Spring Stroll will spotlight West Brighton’s vibrant food options during an upcoming two-hour tasting event. One ticket gets bodily samples of the neighborhood’s restaurant and liquor scene in hopes that visitors will return for more.
The rain or shine event takes place on Sunday, May 22 from 2-5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online for $20 each on Eventbrite or via tinyurl.com/SpringStroll22. Same-day purchases will cost $25 per ticket. The activities and the walk itself are free and open to the public. The street will remain open from the beginning to the end of the business district – from Hart Boulevard to Broadway along Forest Avenue.
“The Forest Avenue BID business corridor has been booming lately with small businesses opening up. La Trattoria de Deluca has joined our corridor,” said Nina Flores. She is the Executive Director of the Staten Island Business Outreach Center (SIBOC), which encompasses the West Brighton Community Local Development Corporation, the BOC Women’s Business Center, the NYS Entrepreneurial Assistance Center (EAC), and the parkways’ coordinating entity, Forest Avenue. Business Improvement District. (OFFER).
Flores said, “We are looking forward to the grand opening of Brooklyn Dumpling Shop. In addition to the food establishments, we have a new Forest Care Pharmacy and a new hair salon, Lauren Cicero Hair Salon.
The inaugural days of the dumpling operation, a 24-hour contactless concept, were scheduled for June. An owner of the vending machine said the project has been delayed and will open the second or third week of July. The Forest North Funeral Chapel has taken up residence at 747 Forest Avenue. His presence puts the restaurant sector to rest in place after a series of six failed establishments.
On the other hand, three storefronts remain dark – A Sweet Occasion which has gone fully online, the Angry Lobster Co. which occupied a former tailor’s shop for five months and the Middle Eastern restaurant Mar Mar. This last space is used by a caterer, according to a building worker, and not open to a la carte service.
“Even all the construction on Forest Avenue can’t stop our community from joining us on our spring walk to enjoy the day and support our local small businesses,” Flores said.
Other activities to plan for the family celebration include music and performances. A magic show is scheduled at Arthur J. McDonald Playground by the NYC Parks Department Playmobil along with other activities from 4-5:30 p.m.
Forest Avenue BID offices are located at 686 Forest Ave. and can be reached at 718-816-4775 x.102.
Jennifer Garofolo and Priscilla Marco are the office’s business development specialists. The Board includes Teresa Cirelli (Chair), Roy Rucci (Vice Chair) with members Mike Bloomfield, Erinco H. Bawar, Eric Campione, Breny Castro, Megan Coppola, Doreen Cugno, Maureen Fairlie, Robert Myers, Nancy Nix and Lenore Schwartz.
Pamela Silvestri is editor-in-chief of Advance Food. She can be reached at [email protected].