Where'd the Bing Go?- Flushing
Walked down the block where the BING store was...what happened? Sign in one of the store windows says Closed for Renovations...am I missing something?
Just an FYI - the 41-82 mall was rockin' on Friday night...we tried the back end stand and scored some incredible peanuts with fermented tofu and sesame seeds and a butt-burning black fungus or seaweed with incendiary spicing...paired it up with the tofu skin for balance.
As usual, the mall's up-front buns were a delight...the only available bing was a pork with red wine sauce...didn't try.
I always enjoyed picking up a mustard greens bing (or two) and walking down the street to watch a little pickup basketball at the Bland Playground.
A few years ago the store was the subject of a New York Times article about the owner's plans for expansion; perhaps a year later, the owner opened a sit-down and takeout place called Roll & Dough in Manhattan, on West 3rd, next to a much more competitive basketball court, and in a much more competitive restaurant market.
I don't believe Roll & Dough lasted a year. The bings were never a match for the originals in Flushing, and the Manhattan location never offered the mustard greens version. It's possible that the effort tapped out the owner's cash; the sign you mention has been posted for six months at a minimum. Too bad.
I just passed by the old 135-23 40th Road bing location -- and it was OPEN!! I spoke to the woman who runs it and she says that she is looking for a shop location in midtown Manhattan and when she finds it, she'll sell bings there. The 40th Road place doesn't sell bings now (I'm not sure what they DO sell)... but she said if a regular customer calls in advance and orders bings (even if it's just one bing), she' will make the bings for pickup at 40th road.
re: Mike R.
The owners never gave up that space, and the phone number hasn't changed from the old days when it was called Unique Pastry (according to a 2005 back issue of the now-suspended ChowNews). During the short-lived Village experiment, the 40th Rd. shop may have been the mother kitchen. It also seemed to have both retail and wholesale clients for bings and other goods, like the steamed breads you used to see in bags along the east wall of the Flushing shop.