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Longtime German Restaurant Closes in Forest Hills After 3 Decades

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | November 17, 2014 5:06pm
 Chalet Alpina, at 98-35 Metropolitan Ave., served German food for nearly 40 years.
Chalet Alpina, at 98-35 Metropolitan Ave., served German food for nearly 40 years.
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QUEENS — Chalet Alpina, a Forest Hills restaurant that served traditional German cuisine for roughly 30 years, has closed its doors, according to a sign posted at its entrance.

“We are now closed and starting our retirement," read the sign at Chalet Alpina, at 98-35 Metropolitan Ave., as first reported by Edge of the City. "We would like to thank you for supporting us through the years.”

The restaurant, which became known among locals for its pork schnitzel, smoked sausage and apple strudel, also offered a large beer selection from various countries, including Germany and Belgium.

“People have been meeting there for generations,” said Leslie Brown, president of the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce.

Brown also said “the food at the restaurant was very good and it’s sad to see it close.”

Several restaurants in the neighborhood have recently closed after decades in business, including Pasta Del Giorno, Garcia's Mexican Cafe and steakhouse Santa Fe.

But "the upside of it is that [the owners of Chalet Alpina] retired," Brown said.  "It’s not like they went out of business."

Silvana Chiappelloni, the owner of Alberto Restaurant, an Italian eatery next door, which has been open for nearly 40 years, said that she was surprised that Chalet Alpina closed so abruptly. "We've had a very friendly relation over the years," she said.

On Monday, calls to Chalet Alpina went unanswered and attempts to reach the owners were unsuccessful.