FOREST HILLS — Dirty Pierre’s, the tiny and wildly popular Forest Hills bar and restaurant on the border of Forest Hills Gardens, is about to get a "big brother," its owners said.
Dirty Pierre's owners' new venue, dubbed "The Other Place," will open in January at 103-19 Metropolitan Ave., according to co-owner Susana Giberga.
Unlike Dirty Pierre's cozy 30-person venue at 13 Station Square, The Other Place will have room to seat up to 130 people and will feature communal tables.
Giberga also said that The Other Place will serve dishes that have proven to be the most popular at Dirty Pierre’s, including burgers, mussels and fajitas, but the menu will be expanded. The details, she said, are still being worked out.
The new eatery, which is approximately a 15-minute walk away from Dirty Pierre’s, will also cater private events, Gilberga said.
The Metropolitan Ave. location was formerly the home of Italian restaurant Villa Isabella, which shuttered recently after being in business for six years.
Giberga said the original idea behind Dirty Pierre’s, located in Station Square since 1995, was “to eat good food, then belly up to the bar and meet new people.”
The new eatery will provide a more restaurant-like feel, she said, adding that the typical patron at Dirty Pierre's had grown up a little. “Dirty Pierre is a little older now so he now likes to sit and enjoy his meal and maybe have dessert, too,” she joked.
“And then he still bellies up to the bar, meets new people and has some drinks.”
Giberga said that she and her business partner, Jamie File, decided to take advantage of the place when Villa Isabella closed on Metropolitan Avenue because the street has been attracting a growing number of high-end restaurants.
Danny Brown Wine Bar and Kitchen, the only restaurant in Queens to receive a star in the 2014 Michelin Guide, is located there, and Tazzina, owned by Jason Zukas, a celebrity chef from the Food Network show "Chopped," is moving to Metropolitan Avenue from Glendale.
Leslie Brown, president of the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce, said the second location is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. She also said that because the new eatery has more space, patrons will be able to "linger a little longer."