BY LUIS GRONDA
The next time you are going to Austin’s Ale House, you might notice it has gotten a new look.
Work will soon be completed on the new façade outside of the Kew Gardens-based watering hole, changing up the view of the establishment that has been open since 1991.
Mark Boccia, who owns the ale house as well as its sister bar, Bourbon Street Café in Bayside, said they wanted to upgrade the front of the bar cosmetically while maintaining its antique look.
“We wanted to keep it old-school, [we used] stone and stucco. We didn’t want to make it modern, because Kew Gardens has a lot of history,” he said.
The bar and restaurant have remained open during the renovation.
This upgrade is the second this summer for Austin’s Ale House.
A bigger project that was completed earlier this summer was opening the outdoor patio behind the bar.
This allowed them to bring in more customers and enjoy the nice weather during the summer, he said.
The makeover came at a cost of about $50,000, Boccia said.
He said Kew Gardens has been changing over the years, with a younger demographic moving into the neighborhood, and into nearby Forest Hills, so renovating the establishment was their way of trying to adapt to its new clientele.
Although there are no future plans for renovation work at Austin’s Ale House, Boccia said they plan to open a rooftop bar at Bourbon Street Café in April 2015.
The application for the bar was approved earlier this year by Community Board 11 and it will be the first rooftop bar in Bayside, according to Boccia.
Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357- 7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune. com, or @luisgronda.