“Something special”: opening of a Dominican restaurant in a former barbecue place/sports bar
STATEN ISLAND, NY — A new Dominican-themed family restaurant will open this year in a 5,300 square foot retail space — formerly occupied by DaddyO’s BBQ and Sports Bar — on what has been dubbed “Staten Island’s hippest street.
The space, which became available for rent last year, is located on Minthorne Street, a trendy, converted 33,000 square foot warehouse with a row of restaurants in Tompkinsville.
Father-son team Gary and Sam Angiuli – who own the building named after the street it sits on – said they were delighted to have recently signed a lease with a new restaurant, which has no not yet named, which will be open in four to six months, once the permits have been obtained.
“We promised that Minthorne Street would remain ‘local’ in nature and not become a place for even more chain restaurants,” said Gary Angiuli. “This signing of a new Dominican-themed restaurant is a reaffirmation of our commitment. We had a lot of tenants vying to rent the space, but we hung on until we found the right fit. There will be good food, good music and, above all, lots of fun. I expect that over time it will become a place of destination for locals and tourists. People will travel from all over to come there.
Gary Angiuli said the restaurant’s new owners will ‘reboot’ the interior of the old barbecue and sports bar/restaurant and ‘make it something special’.
“This family has a big vision. … I think it’s going to bring music and joy to the neighborhood,” he said.
Of the new restaurateurs, Gary Angiuli said, “It strikes me as a true American immigrant success story, and we embraced it. We were talking to various other potential tenants. But I know how my family started. My father came to this country when he was 8 years old. So if we can give this opportunity to my father to someone else, we are happy.
“A POST-COVID REBIRTH”
The Angiulis said they hope the addition of the Dominican-themed restaurant would perfectly complement other dining establishments on the street, including Flour + Oak by Angelina’s, O’Henry’s Publick House and FlagShip Brewery. The owners also hope the new restaurant will bring customers back to Minthorne Street amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“There is a lot to be done to bring about a post-COVID revival, but we Staten Islanders are resilient. We never gave up in the face of adversity, and we’re not about to start now,” said Sam Angiuli. “We came back even stronger after being beaten by 9/11. We came back stronger after being battered by Hurricane Sandy. And we will come back even stronger after COVID-19. »
He said the Angiuli Group recognizes that the next 18 months are critical in helping businesses on Minthorne Street recoup losses incurred during the pandemic.
“We need to step up as an organization and make sure we do our part with everyone. Together with the North Shore community and our elected officials, we see it as our moral imperative to do everything in our power to assist with any post-COVID revitalization of the North Shore and to restart Minthorne Street,” said Sam Angiuli.
“I predict the North Shore of Staten Island will rise like a phoenix,” added Gary Angiuli.