New businesses are always welcome, and let us bid good luck to three new enterprises that have made their homes in Central Queens; two in Forest Hills and one in Rego Park. One is actually a school which will train people for a noble profession, one is a location for a hot restaurant chain, and the other is a fun place to exercise creativity.
St. Paul’s School of Nursing is breathing new life into a side of the neighborhood that has been suffering lately. The waiting is over to fill the unusual space that used to house Loehmann’s and -- before that, CompUSA. Since Rego Center lured most shoppers and diners to Junction Boulevard near the Long Island Expressway, the side of Queens Boulevard east of 63rd Drive was starting to look like a ghost town. St. Paul’s School of Nursing [formerly Saint Vincent Catholic Centers School of Nursing] has opened a Queens campus at 97-77 Queens Boulevard in Rego Park [in the former site of CompUSA and Loehmann’s]. St. Paul’s offers associate degrees in nursing and for medical assistant. The school can be reached at 718-357-0500.
The neighborhood is excited about the new Forest Hills branch of Chipotle. The popular Mexican chain will open at 70-30 Austin Street, which is the former home of Martha’s Country Bakery and Ariana’s Pizza. Martha’s has already moved to a larger location next door. Meanwhile, the now-defunct Off-Track Betting [OTB] location around the corner from Lane Towers at 70th and Queens Boulevard has become a new branch of the yogurt chain Red Mango. Red Mango is still open at Rego Center.
Finally, Central Queens families are psyched about the opening of Oliloli, a new arts and crafts studio for kids and parents at 103-23 Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills. They offer pottery painting and crafting with glass to make objects such as jewelry, ornaments and other decorative pieces. They also have classes for parents and will put together parties. Follow the link above for their website and calendar of events, call 718-261-1238 or email email@example.com for more information.