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Flushing Mall To Be Torn Down Next Year

Bob Martinez Feb 18, 2011 10:52 AM

Eater is reporting that the Flushing Mall that holds Xi'an Famous Foods is going to be torn down in order to put up a parking garage.

http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/02/...

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Xi'an Famous Foods
41-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

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  1. scoopG RE: Bob Martinez Feb 18, 2011 11:23 AM

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/765637

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      Bob Martinez RE: scoopG Feb 18, 2011 11:36 AM

      Somehow I missed that. That will teach me not to post without searching.

    2. Steve R RE: Bob Martinez Feb 18, 2011 11:52 AM

      Not to pile on here (you know I wouldnt dream of doing that right?), but it's not really a big problem for Xi'an Famous Foods or their fans either. Their original (& I think better) stall is in the Golden Mall, only a 5 minute walk away. However, I will miss some of the other stalls :-)

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      Xi'an Famous Foods
      41-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

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        JFores RE: Steve R Feb 18, 2011 11:59 AM

        They've really been getting shafted by these mall arrangements though. That's the second location they've lost to this stuff.

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          Bob Martinez RE: Steve R Feb 18, 2011 12:17 PM

          I was going to make a similar point. When that mall goes away it doesn't mean the end of good food in Flushing. Those vendors, and others like them, are tremendously flexible. New venues open all the time. Given the increasing prosperity in the area I wouldn't be surprised if the overall Asian area expanded.

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            JFores RE: Bob Martinez Feb 18, 2011 12:35 PM

            The sad part about these malls going is that they're not always all that flexible. I know that the Uighur stall at Roosevelt was pretty much ruined by bad business and the upcoming closure of that mall. Similarly, plenty of businesses disappeared altogether after the landlord of the one mall refused to pay the electric bills because he wanted to knock it down and build housing.

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              Bob Martinez RE: JFores Feb 18, 2011 01:25 PM

              I'm more optimistic than you. Just last Saturday I was walking down the Asian strip in Sunset Park and noticed, for about the 10th time, that if I'm, away from that neighborhood for a few months I'm always amazed at the number of new stores and restaurants that pop up.

              In Flushing not all of the old vendors will make the jump but new good ones will take their place.

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                Lau RE: JFores Feb 20, 2011 06:50 AM

                well if i remember right the uighur stall shutdown well before the roosevelt mall shutdown, so its really a result of not having enough business as opposed to the mall shutting down. That said its certainly possible some of the vendors will shutdown for good b/c of the mall shutting down, but im sure some of them will re-surface as well. hopefully some of the taiwanese vendors re-surface, some of them make some pretty decent dishes

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