You are reading

Black Star Bakery and Kitchen on Vernon Boulevard closes, will reopen as bagel and juice bar

Black Star Bakery and Kitchen, a popular café on the bustling corner of Vernon Boulevard and 50th Avenue, has closed and will reopen as a bagel and juice bar (Photo by Paul Frangipane)

March 8, 2023 By Michael Dorgan

Black Star Bakery and Kitchen, a popular café/restaurant on the bustling corner of Vernon Boulevard and 50th Avenue has closed and will reopen as a bagel and juice bar.

The café closed on Sunday, March 5, and is scheduled to reopen under the new concept on March 20, according to owners Dan and Odehel Magor, who are Long Island City residents.

The husband-and-wife duo say they want to bring something fresh to the prominent corner space, which is situated next to the Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue subway station.

The new establishment will be called City Bagels and Juice Bar and Dan Magor said it will offer high-quality bagels and a wide variety of juices. The full menu is still being worked on, he said, but all bagels will be baked in-house.

Dan Magor said the kitchen equipment from the 10-01 50th Ave. location – which opened two years ago — is being moved to a new café the couple is opening in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

The Vernon Boulevard and 50th Avenue location opened two years ago and was known for offering sandwiches, pastries and breakfast items. Black Star also served Mediterranean-style food such as shakshuka, hummus and mezze.

It had a more extensive menu than its other locations since it had a larger kitchen, Dan Magor said. The couple has four other Black Star cafés, with one located about a block and a half away at 2-10 50th Ave., two in Manhattan and another in Williamsburg. They also operate four other cafés in California under a different brand, Dan Magor said.

Magor said they wanted to bring some variety to the neighborhood and felt there was a need for a bagel and juice bar at Vernon Boulevard and 50th Avenue. Black Star café on 2-10 50th Ave. is staying open, he said.

“We were looking to add something new so people will have more options,” Dan Magor said.

“We always want to do good for the community and the neighborhood, we have lived here for eight years,” he said.

Black Star Bakery & Cafe sits shuttered on the corner of Vernon Boulevard and 50th Avenue in Long Island City on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 (Photo by Paul Frangipane)

The couple opened the Vernon Boulevard and 50th Avenue location in 2021, having taken it over from Dorian Café. The space was completely refurbished with white walls, porcelain tile counters, black menu boards and black chairs.

Dan Magor said the couple is making some minor cosmetic changes to the new establishment before reopening. The windows and doors at the café are now covered up.

A sign on one of the windows reads: “Black Star Café is moving to (UES) Upper East Side Manhattan. There is something new coming soon. Thank you all for the amazing support over the last two years.”

The sudden closure of Black Star Bakery and Kitchen caught residents by surprise with many taking to local Facebook groups to discuss the matter.

People were unsure as to what would replace the café while others lamented the loss of the café’s kitchen, which churned out its Mediterranean offerings.

“We were surprised that the kitchen is held in such high regard,” Dan Magor said.

“Because of the feedback, we will look at opening a separate location in Long Island City to serve the Mediterranean menu, as we don’t want to disappoint our neighbors.”

The avalanche of comments compelled Odehel Magor to post on the Facebook groups explaining the reason for the concept change.

“It is very heartwarming to see most of the comments here. This location was doing very well thanks to all of you, it was our second busiest location out of the five,” Odehel Magor wrote on the post, which was shared by the Hunters Point South Waterfront Residents Facebook page.

“We thought that this corner spot [could] use a different type of concept, so the secret is revealed.

“We hope this will do good to the neighborhood, especially on that busy corner.”

The windows and doors at the café are now covered up — with signs informing customers of the closure (Photo by Paul Frangipane)

Inside Black Star Bakery and Kitchen, located at 10-01 50th Ave., on March 11, 2021 (Photo: Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

Black Star Bakery and Café pictured in 2021 (Photo: Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Advocates pen letter blasting Mayor Adams’ legal motion to suspend right-to-shelter

Homeless advocates penned a letter to a Manhattan Supreme Court judge opposing Mayor Eric Adams’ recent legal motion calling for the suspension of the city’s decades-old right-to-shelter law amid the ongoing migrant influx.

The letter, sent last Thursday and released Tuesday, comes in response to Adams last week filing a court motion to exempt the city from its legal mandate — established by the 1984 Callahan v. Carey consent decree — to provide shelter to single adults and adult couples when it “lacks the resources and capacity” to do so. The mayor and top administration officials say they’re not seeking to abolish the right-to-shelter, but rather “clarity” from the court that would give them more “flexibility” in finding suitable housing for tens of thousands of migrants.

Rockaway’s piping plovers among endangered species commemorated on U.S. Postal Service stamps

A day before the city reopened nearly 70 blocks of public beaches along the Rockaway peninsula for the Memorial Day weekend, the U.S. Postal Service and National Park Service hosted a special event at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Broad Channel to honor the piping plover, an endangered shorebird featured on new stamps.

In attendance were members of the NYC Plover Project, a nonprofit with more than 250 volunteers, who have been on the beaches since March preparing for the summer swim season, who celebrated the newly released stamp sheet commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.

Bayside High School hosts annual Social Entrepreneur Trade Fair

Bayside High School hosted its annual Social Entrepreneur Trade Fair Friday. Students from the Career and Technical Education Humanities and Nonprofit Management program each pitched their socially responsible products to students, staff and others in attendance.

Each of the 11th grade students in the program have been taking a college credit course from Farmingdale State College called Social Entrepreneur. The students were divided into 17 groups of five and tasked with coming up with innovative ideas to create businesses while also being socially responsible. The Social Entrepreneur Trade Fair grants them with the opportunity to work on pitching their products to potential customers.

Annual Memorial Day ceremony held at Korean War memorial in Kissena Park

On Friday, May 26, the second annual Memorial Day Ceremony in Kissena Park brought live music, local dignitaries, veterans groups, a presentation of the Colors by members of the Francis Lewis High School JROTC, a flower-laying ceremony and more to the Flushing community.

Those in attendance included Councilwoman Sandra Ung, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, state Senator John Liu, veterans groups, local students, Boy Scout Troop 253 and others.

Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade honors fallen heroes

Rain or shine, the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, touted as the largest Memorial Day parade in the United States, has been a staple of the quaint Queens neighborhoods since 1927. Thousands lined the parade route under clear blue sky along Northern Boulevard from Jayson Avenue in Great Neck to 245th Street in Douglaston on May 29 to honor the brave men and women who answered their call to service and made the ultimate sacrifice while defending their country.

Many onlookers sporting patriotic attire waved Old Glory and cheered on the parade of military vehicles, veteran and military groups and marching bands led by Grand Marshal Vice Admiral Joanna M Nunan, the first female commander of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. This year’s parade marshals were retired Master Sergeant Lawrence Badia and Vietnam veteran Richard Weinberg.