World Famous Chef May Open Restaurant in Astoria

Hey Astoria! We’ve got a very interesting rumor coming your – we heard through the grapevine that world famous chef Emeril Lagasse may be opening a restaurant right here in Astoria.


The proposed location is Ditmars Boulevard. We hear that he picked 36-12 Ditmars, which currently belongs to Buon Appetit Deli and Catering. The deli has been closed for about a month now, so it seems a viable location.




If you don’t know who he is, Emeril Lagasse is a classically trained chef who gained fame through his amazing food – and his long running cooking show. He’s the chef proprietor of 13 restaurants, and his latest one was opened in In January 2012: e2 emeril’s eatery in Charlotte, N.C.


Lagasse is well celebrated and well decorated. In 1998 he was chosen as “Chef of the Year” by GQ magazine. In 1999, he was named one of People magazine’s “25 Most Intriguing People of the Year.” In 2004, he was chosen as “Executive of the Year” by Restaurants & Institutions magazine. In 2005, he received the “Distinguished Service Award” from Wine Spectator for his significant and long-lasting contributions to the wine industry.


In 2006, he was inducted into the MenuMasters Hall of Fame by Nation’s Restaurant News. In 2007, he was named “Restaurateur of the Year” by New Orleans CityBusiness. In 2009, he received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival. For his contributions to the American culinary industry,





Lagasse was featured in the 2012 Smithsonian exhibit “Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000.” In 2013, Lagasse was named the Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation for his dedicated efforts to further the culinary arts in America, as well as his philanthropic work supporting these children’s educational programs through the Emeril Lagasse Foundation.


So – what does this mean for us? Well, first of all: We’ll have a restaurant with great food. But we have a lot of those. What this really means is that the Astoria boom, and the Ditmars boom is coming to a cusp. A world famous chef means Manhattan-ites traveling to eat there, which means more of them moving here…which means even more sky rocketing prices.


So, what do you think? Are you excited about this rumor? Or not?