QUEENS, NY — Athletes opening restaurant bars in the town where they played is a time-honored tradition. The latest example is the enterprise by a former baseball player who played for two teams in the Big Apple.
Ex-Met/ex-Yankee standout Darryl Strawberry (right) has just opened Strawberry’s Sports Grill, jointly owned with New York restaurateur Eytan Sugarman. It is located at 42-15 235th Street in the Douglaston area, adjacent to the Long Island Railroad station.
It seats 160 people in 2,800 square feet in multiple rooms, featuring 17 high-definition television sets. It is decorated with baseball memorabilia, including Strawberry’s original locker from his days with the Mets. Strawberry, who will be working on-premises, recently was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.
Jay Lippin is the restaurant’s chef, although the restaurant’s hamburgers were developed by Chris Russell, former chef of the New York restaurant brgr. Burger choices include turkey burgers, lamb burgers and a vegetarian falafel burger. Also on the menu is the usual sports bar fare.
Sugarman also owns Southern Hospitality. He is planning another restaurant by the same name in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.
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