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Two Boots Pizza, Vanessa's Dumpling House to Open in LIC's The Factory

By Jeanmarie Evelly | January 11, 2017 4:40pm | Updated on January 13, 2017 5:25pm
 Two Boots Pizza, Vanessa's Dumpling House and Papillon's Bistro will be opening sites in the lobby of The Factory at 30-30 47th Ave.
Two Boots Pizza, Vanessa's Dumpling House and Papillon's Bistro will be opening sites in the lobby of The Factory at 30-30 47th Ave.
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LONG ISLAND CITY — Two Boots Pizza, Vanessa's Dumpling House and Papillon's Bistro are all headed to the neighborhood in the coming months, opening on the ground floor of The Factory, a former warehouse-turned-office space hub on 47th Avenue and 31st Street.

The popular eateries will have space for production and retail inside the 1 million-square-foot building and will be set up similar to Chelsea Market, according to Jay Fehskens of Atlas Capital Group, which owns the property.

The Queens Courier first reported on the plans.

Two Boots, a pizza chain that got its start on the Lower East Side 30 years ago, will operate a restaurant and bar in The Factory's lobby and has also moved its headquarters to offices on the sixth floor of the building, according to CEO Leon Hartman.

"It's going to be much more than just a pizzeria," said Hartman, adding that the restaurant — in the space formerly occupied by the now-shuttered Diluvio's — will be the company's first standalone location in Queens (Two Boots already serves its slices at CitiField).

Expected to open in about two months, customers will be able to order Two Boots' existing pizza options, plus an expanded menu with pasta dishes, Jambalaya and gumbo, according to Hartman.

The eatery will also offer delivery to the surrounding area — including on nights and weekends — and will feature a full bar, with plans to host live music and other events, according to Hartman.

"We really want to make it the worldwide headquarters, a dynamic space where there's events and collaboration and interesting things happening all the time," he said. "It's going to be a hive of pizza activity."

Vanessa's Dumpling House, meanwhile, is slated to open at The Factory this spring in a space that will offer its current dumpling menu and also serve as production house for its existing restaurants in Chinatown, Union Square and Williamsburg, according to Fehskens.

Owners of Vanessa's could not immediately be reached.

Midtown eatery Papillon's Bistro & Bar is opening a bakery in the building as early as next month, churning out breads for the company's restaurant on 54th Street but also running a cafe in the space with sandwiches, soups, salad and coffee.

The kitchen will feature glass windows where patrons can watch Papillon's bakers in action, according to owner Tommy Burke, who said they chose The Factory after searching for two years for a similar site.

"We were looking for a long time to get the right location," he said. "Our wish was to open in a place like Chelsea Market — we found it."

The Factory's new tenants will join existing food vendor Coffeed, which also has a space on the ground floor, as well as a rotating roster of food trucks that park outside the building at lunchtime during the week.

Atlas Capital bought the property in 2014 and has since drawn several high-profile companies to spaces on its upper floors like J. Crew, Macy's and Madewell.

The building is one of a number of mixed-use office complexes to spring up in former warehouse spaces in the part of Long Island City around and east of Sunnyside Yards — which Fehskens described as "going through a renaissance over the last couple of years."

The Falchi Building, run by Chelsea Market developer Jamestown, is located just across the street from The Factory and includes tenants like Doughnut Plant and Uber.

Similar developments are also underway at the old Apple Tag & Label Factory and at The Bindery, a three-story warehouse on 48th Avenue and 30th Place.

"This little area is completely redeveloping," Fehskens said.