BY TRONE DOWD
Southeast Queens residents will soon have a new sit-down restaurant to add to their dining options in a few weeks.
The Dallas BBQ scheduled to open on 89th Avenue and Parsons Boulevard will bring a new flavor to the evolving Downtown Jamaica area. According to Greater Jamaica Development Corporation Managing Director Justin Rodgers, Dallas BBQ is scheduled to open in two weeks and currently working out the final details with the city’s Department of Buildings.
The Parsons Boulevard location will mark the chain’s second Queens locale—the first opened at the Rego Center Mall in 2013. The Jamaica location will feature a sidewalk cafe for patrons to dine outside.
Previous dining establishments have failed to make a success out of the space. Located next to the old Family Court, the first restaurant, CityRib, closed its doors in late 2015 after just a year and a half in business. Moda Grill, which opened months afterward, called it quits in late 2016. Community Board 12 board members have stated in previous meetings that they have high hopes for Dallas BBQ.
Yvonne Reddick, the district manager for Community Board 12, told the Queens Tribune on Wednesday that Dallas BBQ will offer a dining option that appeals to all ages in Downtown Jamaica, something on which previous businesses weren’t able to capitalize.
“We want this to be successful,” Reddick said. “In talking with [Dallas BBQ representatives], this is a family restaurant. Families can come out and understand that they don’t have the bar out center.”
Reddick pointed out that choice is important for a neighborhood restaurant. She believes that giving people a choice between a hang-out spot and a place to bring the family for dinner is a perfect fit for a community as diverse as Downtown Jamaica.
The only other dining option in the area that offers a familiar atmosphere is the Applebee’s located on 161st Street and Jamaica Avenue.