QUEENS — A beloved Kew Gardens coffee shop that recently announced that it was going to close after 4 years in business is getting a second life under new management.
Its new owner, Garik Aminov, said he is planning to reopen the shop next week, while keeping its ambiance as well as the name, Odradeks, which came from a creature in a short story by Franz Kafka.
"It's a great place and we want to keep it open," Aminov said Thursday which was the last day under the store's previous management.
The coffee shop, at 82-60 Austin St., just next to the Kew Gardens Long Island Rail Road station, will also continue to organize events, which Odradeks has been known for, like poetry readings, live music and art exhibits, according to the new owner.
At some point, Aminov said, he is planning to renovate the space but for now it was important to keep it open for the coffee shop's longtime customers.
Aminov also said he is planning to introduce more food options at Odradeks, including pastries, fresh juices and ice cream, in addition to coffee and sandwiches.
“I’m very happy for him and I hope it works out,” said previous owner Jacob Ganz, who decided to close Odradeks because he said there was not enough foot traffic in the area to keep the place busy.
Aminov, a Forest Hills resident, said he was planning to launch an advertising campaign soon to better promote the venue.