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Beignet Benedict, Seafood Boil on Menu at NOLA-Inspired Astoria Eatery

 A seafood boil at Astoria's Sugar Freak.
A seafood boil at Astoria's Sugar Freak.
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ASTORIA — Sugar Freak, a popular eatery specializing in New Orleans-style cuisine that closed the doors of its original location in February, will reopen next week in a new, larger space just a block away.

The new location — in the former MexiBBQ space at 37-11 30th Ave., nearly the double the size of Sugar Freak's original site — will reopen on Monday, June 26.

It will serve many of the same classic Louisiana dishes as it did before, including po' boys, muffalettas, chicken-fried popcorn alligator, jambalaya and gumbo, as well as an expanded menu with new dishes.

These will include beignet eggs benedict — poached eggs, praline bacon and hollandaise sauce served atop the fluffy deep-fried pastry — and classic seafood boils with crab legs, lobster, shrimp or crawfish that customers can order by the pound.

37-11 30th Ave. Sugar Freak will reopen June 26 in the former MexiBBQ space at 37-11 30th Ave. (DNAinfo/Jeanmarie Evelly)

Sugar Freak fans can expect to see the same eclectic decor from the restaurant's former space, including vintage license plates and a tin ceiling, a release said.

The eatery will now have a counter for customers to place their orders before sitting down, and will also offer delivery, catering and lunch service for the first time. The new space has seating for 90 people inside, as well as a sidewalk patio that fits 30 diners.

The new location is being run by original owner Michele Addeo, MexiBBQ owner James Paloumbis and Chef Cristian Fajardo.

Sugar Freak will reopen June 29 at 37-11 30th Ave., and be open for dinner service only its first week. Starting July 1, it will be open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 11 .a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Friday.