BY ARIEL HERANDEZ
The owners of Jackson Heights’ Arepa Lady announced at Wednesday’s Community Board 3 meeting that they were planning to relocate to a new location in the community—however, the new site will not serve coffee.
The family business, which is currently located at 77-02 Roosevelt Ave., has long been a staple for the Elmhurst and Jackson Heights communities, selling homemade Colombian goods—including the store’s famous arepas, a Colombian dish comprised of grilled dough.
Owner Alejandro Cano and his wife, Nelly Klinger, dropped by the meeting to seek approval for a full beer, wine and liquor license for their new spot, which is expected to open later this year at the former Ingrid’s Salon site at 78-31 37th Ave.
The new facility is expected to be twice the size of the current store’s space, providing approximately 30 seats for visitors. The menu will remain the same and include traditional Colombian dishes—such as arepas, patacones and chuzos.
However, the lease agreement for the new store prevents Arepa Lady from selling coffee, due to its proximity to a Starbucks chain store at 78-25 37th Ave.
“That’s one of the main reasons we want to do liquor,” Cano told the board.
Arepa Lady’s current location will be demolished and replaced with a seven-story apartment building. The business’ owners will drop by the board’s meeting next month to find out whether their liquor license was approved.
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