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Queens-Fiesta Mexicana: number disconnected

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Etnea Jun 5, 2008 07:31 AM

Does anyone know if this cute Mexican place in Queens has closed?

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    david sprague Jun 5, 2008 09:41 AM

    it's been closed for several months now -- a city agency that we don't talk about here was responsible -- and while it's had a 'reopening soon' sign up for ages, there's been no sign of movement on that front.

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    1. re: david sprague
      elbev May 29, 2009 03:01 PM

      They are reopened more or less the same as before, but do not yet have alcohol (at least as of a couple weeks back). In my mind Frontera is still (and again) the most reliable of the basic Mexican joints in Woodside.

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        david sprague May 29, 2009 03:40 PM

        back in their initial incarnation, they had no liquor because they did not want to serve it.....not sure about reasoning....

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          Mike V May 31, 2009 07:07 AM

          I pass this restaurant many times each week and never see any customers. The snack & coffee section does some business but not the restaurant. No liquor license and I'm sure for a very good reason and no menu in the window. I don't like just walking in and seating down and not knowing anything about the menu and prices. Since the place does almost no business that I know of I would question the freshness of the food. Why did this restaurant reopen?

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            david sprague May 31, 2009 08:56 AM

            agreed, mike:

            they did a surprisingly good buffet lunch in their first incarnation and that drew some customers. but since re-opening? nada. and no effort to draw people, as far as i can see. i thought the presence of the 'reopening soon' sign -- for more than a year -- was just an oversight, but yeah, why are they bothering?

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      Widmark Jun 5, 2008 09:38 AM

      Is/was that place on Roosevelt? In the 70s or 80s? Because there's a big sign on a place on Roosevelt around 65th, that used to be philippine, that a mexican place is moving there, and I think that's it.

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        E Eto Jun 5, 2008 10:10 AM

        Just to be accurate, Fiesta Mexicana was on 75th/Roosevelt, across from the bus terminal. And the restaurant moving in to the space on Roosevelt/65th is Tacos Mexico. And it's replacing a short-lived Venezuelan place, which replaced a longer-lived Irish pub. I suspect having Tacos Mexico on that block will result in one of the other two Mexican restaurants to close up.

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          Widmark Jun 5, 2008 10:40 AM

          thanks for straightening that out! Was Tacos Mexico any good? How did/does it compare to the mexican places on that block?

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            E Eto Jun 5, 2008 12:23 PM

            Tacos Mexico is a small chain around the Roosevelt section of JH and Corona. I think there are about 2-3 stores, and it looks like they're expanding into Woodside. I haven't been in over a year, so I can't tell what the quality it like, but I do recall it being one of the better taquerias along Roosevelt. I hope it ups the ante for better quality on that block with La Frontera and El Paso.
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/240514

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        catherine Jun 5, 2008 08:17 AM

        Was that the little place in Sunnyside on Qns blvd btw 44th & 45th? If so, yes, it was replaced by something else which has already closed. If not, I'm not sure.

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          catherine Jun 5, 2008 08:26 AM

          Nevermind, just realized I was getting the names mixed up. I assume you're talking about the place in JH. Haven't heard anything. Maybe someone else has.

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