QUEENS — A Peruvian restaurant will soon open on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills, replacing a German eatery that closed last year — the latest addition to the stretch that has come to be known as "Michelin Road," local officials said.
Family-owned La Coya will replace Chalet Alpina, at 98-35 Metropolitan Ave., which closed in November after roughly three decades.
Norman Leibowitz, chairman of the Community Board 6 consumer affairs committee, said that the new owners are planning only minor renovations at the restaurant, which can serve more than 150 patrons.
The restaurant, according to Leibowitz, will be open from noon to 11 p.m., seven days a week, and will serve lunch and dinner.
It was not immediately clear when the new eatery will open. The new owners were not immediately available for comment.
The area along Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills is known for its numerous restaurants. Some locals have also started calling the stretch "Michelin Road," because several of its eateries have been recognized by the Michelin Guide.
Leslie Brown, president of the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce said that there are several restaurants serving Peruvian cuisine in the area, but most of them are on Queens Boulevard, more than a dozen blocks away, including El Pollo Inka Peru, near 75th Road.
There are also at least two Peruvian restaurants in Rego Park — Cuzco Peru, near 67th Avenue, and Don Alex on 64th Avenue.