Citi Field isn't nestled among bars, restaurants and retail outposts to the extent found immediately around Yankee Stadium. But there are numerous eateries in the areas nearby and the Mets faithful continue to stop at long-time favorites like Parkside restaurant in Corona, Donovan's and Sri Pra Phai in Woodside, Joe's Shanghai in Flushing and Taqueria Coatzingo in Jackson Heights, among others.
"We're still doing business but it's not how it used to be," said Jack Donovan, manager at Donovan's, which opened in 1966. "We still have old-timers stop by for burgers and beers before they run down to the game, but the new restaurants in Citi Field are definitely taking away some of our business."
The lackluster performance of the Mets since moving into the new stadium, coupled with the economic downturn, further eroded their bottom line.
"Last year was a disaster—some of our regulars came and told me they weren't going to continue paying for season tickets because of the product on the field," said Chuck Rose, owner of the Pine Restaurant of Queens.
Donovan's business is also off because DOH shut it down...