DITMARS — A new restaurant called Mussels 'N Sausages will open later this month in Astoria, where the menu will largely feature its two namesake ingredients, prepared in different styles from around the globe.
"This is something that he had been thinking about for a long time," said general manager Tarcisio Costa. Staub was also behind the restaurant that was formerly in the space, Francis Cafe, he noted.
While Mussels 'N Sausages will have the decor of a French bistro, the food itself will have an international flair, with influences from a number of different countries, according to Costa.
"It's an international restaurant with a French soul, if you will," he said.
Dishes will include a variety of sausages, including Greek sausage from a local butcher, French and Italian sausages, Spanish chorizo and German bratwurst, each served with different garnishes.
Mussels will come in different broths, like one with white wine, garlic, Dijon mustard, thyme and cream, and another option that comes in red wine, shallots, cream, bacon and mushrooms.
Side dishes will include French fries, mashed potatoes and garlic spinach, though sausage and mussel dishes will make up most of the menu, Costa said.
"It has a very specific point of view," he added.
The eatery will also serve cocktails, wine and craft beer, as well as espresso drinks and fruit tarts that will change daily.
"We want the neighborhood to embrace us as a fun, relaxed, cool environment where you can enjoy delicious food," Costa said.
They are hoping to open their doors the week after Thanksgiving.