Coming Soon to Astoria: A Really Big Restaurant With a Lot of Televisions

The neon has been replaced with flat-screen TVs.
The neon has been replaced with flat-screen TVs.

A weird kind of symmetry seems to affect old OTBs and Salvation Army locations that have been converted into restaurants. To wit: A Manhattan Salvation Army became the dainty Salvation Taco, and an old OTB parlor in Williamsburg is renovated to include escargot and classic cocktails. Meanwhile, the old Salvation Army on Steinway Street in Astoria became a mammoth beer and burgers bar with 57 televisions, and now, the old OTB down the road will reopen as the Sweet Spot, a 7,000-square-foot sports “bar, restaurant, and lounge” with 43 TVs spread out across two floors, DNAinfo reports.

The restaurant will have a D.J. booth, a working fireplace, “high-end bar items with a Mediterranean twist,” communal tables, a footbridge, and at least two living trees growing inside the dining room. “You don’t want to miss a thing,” says Harry Panagiotopoulos, who also owns the nearby Igloo Café. Panagiotopoulos tells DNAinfo that he plans to stock “as many bottles [of liquor] as we can fit,” and that there will even be flat-screen televisions hanging above the men’s room urinals.

The Sweet Spot opens next month at 22-72 31st Street.

Super-Sized Sports Bar and Lounge with 43 TVs to Open in Astoria [DNAinfo]
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