When we stopped by The Beast Next Door at 42-51 27th Street last week, we noticed that the building is now covered in blue paint, and logo signage is up. Owner John Veenema said that he has received most of his permits, and that he hopes to open in “early December.” He’s also waiting on a couple of other items, including a fancy coffee press from Italy.
Here’s more about the bar from our interview with him earlier in the year:1
We would like to be the best bar in LIC. We envision a community bar where local residents have a place to go – to relax, have a drink and bite to eat – in a rustic elegant environment. Everyone is welcome but we especially hope locals will feel they can come in with friends and see others they know from the community. The cafe element of the business will offer pastries, sandwiches, salads and combination plates (high quality meats and cheeses, olives and dips). The aroma of strong coffee and warm breads will entice daytime customers. The skylight and large doors and windows in the front will provide for a well lit cafe/lounge feel.