Thursday, March 12, 2009

Crabhouse to be demolished and rebuilt

From the Daily News:

A popular Long Island City restaurant is slowly rebuilding after a devastating fire forced it to close its doors in early February.

The Waterfront Crabhouse - known for its seafood, obscure memorabilia and views of the Manhattan skyline - was gutted in a late-night fire that started in the building's heating system.

The blaze spread throughout the kitchen area and burned structural beams in the building.

"I can't express how wonderful our customers have been while we are closed," said Tony Mazzarella, 72, who opened the business 32 years ago.

"We have to demolish everything and rebuild it right."

The building was originally constructed in 1881 and was known as Tony Miller's Hotel. It still smells of smoke more than a month after the fire.


Photo from NY Magazine

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bullshit!

Anonymous said...

A bunch of the "Mile 14" crew has dinner there every year after the Marathon - we help folks pack up, and we go to a late lunch/early dinner. There are usually a few people from other mileposts too

Anonymous said...

Imagine having to start afresh after 32 years. The owner has a lot of guts. If I'm not wrong, he also donated a lot of food after this catastrophe. God bless hime.

Anonymous said...

This is a bit misleading. They had a heating and kitchen fire, but very little of the dining area, and all the assorted items in the dining area, were damaged. They need to gut and rebuild the building structure, but fortunately most of what we see when we eat there was fine. It said that in the article, so I'm not sure why this post doesn't make that clear.

Anonymous said...

Now if its crabs you want...
visit one of the golden shower massage clubs in F-Liu-xhing!

Bed bugs at no extra cost!

Anonymous said...

This guys is well connected to the real estate industry.

This sucks. The building is fine.

How many stories will its replacement be?

Anonymous said...

Food there sucks. Inside it looks like a seafood version of fridays. The food is not impressionable. Bland food. The restaurant is dark and dingy. Nothing special here. Perhaps they will update with something better.

Anonymous said...

The crab cakes are really good.

Anonymous said...

am a regular at the crabhouse for years now good food really good people hope it re opens soon miss it

Anonymous said...

This place is friendly, comforting and has always good, tasty seafood.
They have staff that truly cares about the customer because the owners takes care of them.

Hurry back - Crab-house.

Anonymous said...

This place is friendly, comforting and has always good, tasty seafood.
They have staff that truly cares about the customer because the owners takes care of them.

Hurry back - Crab-house.

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You guys don't get the point. The experience was the place - which will now be gone for good.

Remember Luchows on 14th St? They moved to a new location and lasted all of 6 months.

You have a real estate deal boys and girls so just accept what ever comes out of it. The new restaurant will be an afterthought.

Now if you are really afaid of losing the place, and really really mean it, submit an application to LPC to save the building.

Its common knowledge that its hardly touched, and even in its altered state, its historic significance makes it one of the most important buildings in Queens.

Surprise us Tower People. Show that, despite replacing us, you do regard this community as little more than a bedroom on your upward climb in life.

Go ahead. I dare you.

And by all means share your rejection letter and the nice handwritten scrawl on the envelope that really, really, drives home the point as to who they think, we are.

Not to worry. I bet no one will.

After all, its Queens. Big talk on one end, and a tire track on the other.

Anonymous said...

Historic significance? What about this place is significant? The fact that I got the runs after eating there? Why would anyone waste time trying to landmark that joke of a resturant?

Miles Mullin said...

Historic significance? What about this place is significant? The fact that I got the runs after eating there? Why would anyone waste time trying to landmark that joke of a resturant?

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It was Miller's Hotel and was the poltical and social center for Long Island City until another bright light city planner a century ago decided to change traffic patterns away from the ferry and let the community slide into decline.

You gotta love city planning. They have such a fine record (and since they are a clubhouse stooge, the press will always blame the community's decline on its own citizens)