With saddened hearts, we list below the business that have closed.
1. Forest Hills Diner on Austin Street served the community for 10 years. It was a casual, friendly, and economical go-to spot.
2. The Irish Cottage on 72nd Ave near Austin St which opened in 1960. It was one of the coziest and most authentic spots where patrons became close friends. It featured a bar and a traditional dining room with a fireplace & memorabilia. Owner Kathleen McNulty passed away from the Coronavirus, and her family decided that it was time to pursue another path. Business became a struggle since the pause mandate was implemented. I am hoping to find a new tenant for the spot who will preserve a legacy by maintaining the ambiance and offering a similar menu. This was also a spot for occasional entertainment. The bar and fireplace reportedly remain. ( https://www.facebook.com/irishcottageforesthills/)
3. Jack & Nellie’s on Ascan Avenue near Austin Street was also very popular for Forest Hills residents and visitors. It was a great family business. Many families and dates gathered at this restaurant. At one point, they offered live music. Brunch was a major attraction.
4. Pampas Argentina was a lively restaurant on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills which served delicious Argentinian food, & was one of the few restaurants of this nature locally.
5. Woodhaven House, a popular bar & restaurant on Woodhaven Boulevard near 63rd Drive in Rego Park was in business for 30 years. It was among the quality restaurants that offered a sense of permanence and felt as if it was here to stay. A bar and restaurant was in operation under earlier names for a total of 50 years. Entertainment was part of the business plan. I would like to add that its quaint storefront added to its warm and inviting nature.