According to Hudson Related, several new businesses are in the works for 2017
A new Mediterranean-style café and juice bar is on its way to the 2,000-square-foot space at 503 Main Street. The eatery will serve juices, smoothies, paninis, and salads made with organic fruits and vegetables, according to its owner. Prices for entrees will range between $10 and $12.
The cafe is expected to open by summer 2017. No cooking will be allowed on the premises but there will be outdoor seating. This past October, the cafe owners’ application for a license to serve wine, beer and cider was approved. The owners, Jimmy Kim and David Nasser, also own Wholesome Market and Island Wines & Spirits.
Onda, which means “wave” in Spanish, is also expected to open this coming summer. Onda will be the Island’s first sit-down Mexican restaurant-bar. It will occupy an approximately 2,000-square-foot storefront in the Island’s retail center, at 548 Main Street, and will be operated by D&D Restaurant Group.
According to the owners, Onda’s menu will consist of authentic, rustic cuisine and offer both small and large plates in a modern setting. The owners plan to apply for a liquor license. “We are excited to help meet the desire of Roosevelt Island residents for more sit-down dining establishments and a wider diversity of food options,” said Alexandra Kaplan, Associate Project Manager at The Hudson Companies, on behalf of Hudson Related Retail LLC.
The new public library is scheduled to open in late 2017 or early 2018, once its new home down the road at 504 Main Street is complete. The new branch will make use of 5,465 square feet on the ground floor. Compare that to the current library’s 2,200 square feet.
“Currently, there are a lot of books, but not a lot of room for people,” said Risa Honig, vice president of capital planning and construction for the New York Public Library. “[Now] we can host events or meetings.” The plans reflect a space almost triple in size and include a designated teen space; a separate, closed-off, 640-square-foot children’s room; and a 670-square-foot community room that will be used for classes during the day and adult programs in the evening.