BY LUIS GRONDA
Forest Hills will soon have its first gay bar.
Pride Bar and Lounge will open its doors next week, becoming the first LGBTQ establishment in the area. It will be located at 70-15 Austin St.
The bar’s owner, Georgios Aspiotis, said he opened the bar because of the growing gay and lesbian population in Forest Hills, Rego Park and Kew Gardens.
“There’s no other gay bar in the neighborhood,” said Aspiotis, who also owns Corfu Grill restaurant in Forest Hills. “They need to have their own spot.”
The bar will feature various beers and liquors that most lounges have around the City. It will also have foods like grilled chicken and kabob, salads and steak. Aspiotis was quick to emphasize that the majority of the food to be served at the lounge will be grilled, providing a healthy food alternative for its patrons.
It will have a sound system that will blare music for parties on some nights, Aspiotis said.
The lounge will not necessarily be a sports bar, he said. It will have a few televisions, but the establishment will not be littered with TVs because he does not want it to be a place where people will only watch the TV screen.
“I prefer that people communicate to each other,” Aspiotis said.
There will also be an outdoor lounge area for outside seating and hookah will be available for purchase.
The bar will be open this weekend and from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. and its regular hours 11 a.m. until 4 a.m. once it is established.
Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @luisgronda.