Corner House BBQ launching new ‘Express’ takeout restaurant
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — After merely three weeks in business at The Corner House BBQ, restaurateur Peter Botros announces its expansion. He and partners Phil Farinacci and pit master Anthony Valois should have “Corner House Express” open in about a month, best case scenario.
This new place can be found right across the street from The Corner House BBQ at 97 Lincoln Ave. in Grant City.
Corner House BBQ takes its name from the long-running Corner House owned by the Kellerhals, who retired from the business in 2014.
“This is going to be a quick, hot line, take-out place,” explained Peter of the “Express” concept. The space will be outfitted with steam tables and refrigeration, an ideal set up for a quick lunch.
“The phone system at Corner House will transfer to across the street,” said Peter. The “Express” restaurant version will serve as the launch-point for delivery as well.
Wait — there’s more news to consume with the Corner House flagship operation.
“We’ll be rolling out brunch the first weekend in June,” said Peter. “We are opening our outdoor dining area this Monday, May 14.”
Indeed, that is the day after Mother’s Day which, Peter says, is “the safest day” to put forward any kind of new concept in the restaurant.
“It should be quiet that day,” he explained. And, by the weekend, the logistical kinks should be worked out.
The outdoor section, located behind the restaurant, seats about 70 patrons at picnic tables with umbrellas. A straightaway for corn hole runs along one side of the patio.
Peter also wants customers to know Corner House’s new reservation policy.
“We will accept reservations for parties of all sizes to be seated up til 6:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Sunday we’re going to accept reservations until 12:30 p.m. We are also take reservations for groups of 8 or more anytime based on available seating,” said the entrepreneur.
He has mixed feelings about the call-ahead arrangements. But he wants to extend such hospitality as a convenience.
“I see on the busier nights that we’re turning away over 100 people a night,” he said. However, he added, “The feeling of a barbecue place and a neighborhood place is the antitheses of a barbecue place…it’s the kind of place that doesn’t lend itself to reservations.” But this strikes a happy medium, he said.
Hours now at The Corner House BBQ are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the bar stays open based on the crowd, about an hour later. Friday and Saturday, The Corner House BBQ is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. although the bar can be serving until midnight or later. Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Reservations for Mother’s Day are still being accepted as will be walk-ins this Sunday.
Outside of this Grant City venue, Botros owns the Parks contract at The Stonehouse at Clove Lakes Park and developed its intimate restaurant “The Chef’s Loft” where he personally cooks for guests. He is co-proprietor of Violette’s Cellar and its speakeasy “The Button Room” with Farinacci and Mark Zurlo.
Peter will establish a market of food stalls, a restaurant and catering hall at Lighthouse Point, St. George, when it finishes construction. He estimates this as at least two years away.
The Corner House BBQ is located at 100 Lincoln Ave., Grant City; 718-987-1227 (1BBQ); CornerHouseBBQ.com