ASTORIA — The team behind organic burger chain Bareburger plans to open a new barbeque smokehouse in the neighborhood, replacing the former Burnside Biscuits on 30th and Newtown Avenues, according to the owners.
The restaurant, called Salt & Bone, will be a no-gas barbeque joint that will serve up meats and vegetables cooked in a smoker fueled by whole logs of oak, according to Jesseca Naldo, spokeswoman for the company.
News of the eatery comes two months after southern fried chicken spot Burnside Biscuits — which was also owned by the Bareburger team — closed its doors after just over a year in business.
A note posted on the door of Burnside Biscuits after it shuttered hinted at the owners' future plans for a smokehouse.
"While this may be goodbye for now, don't stay away for too long. Our smoke signals will be visible from the L very, very soon," it read, prompting speculation from fans online over what it could mean.
The restaurant's location at 32-07 30th Ave. is a prominent corner storefront, which for years had been home to Greek coffee shop Athens Cafe before it closed in 2014. Euripides Pelekanos, the owners of Bareburger took over the space and opened Burnside Biscuits shortly after.
Bareburger got its start in Astoria and now includes more than a dozen locations across the city and the country.
A definitive opening date for Salt & Bone has not been scheduled yet, but the owners are hoping to open in mid-to-late January, Naldo said.