Fiore, an Italian-inspired cafe-restaurant, soft-opens in Queen Village

Jan 24, 2019 462

BY: Michael Klein

Fiore, a modern Italian cafe-restaurant from two pedigreed New York chefs, is now soft-open at 757 S. Front St. in the Queen Village building that years ago housed Frederick’s before The Village Belle and Kanella South. Ed Crochet and Justine MacNeil are aiming at the neighborhood with an operation that starts in the morning and adds dinner once the liquor license comes though.

Now, it opens at 9 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday, starting the day with breads and pastries served on the bar, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Savory dishes, such as toasts, go out closer to noontime.  They expect to wrap by 3 p.m. “That’s the plan,” said MacNeil said. “It sounds like we’re wishy-washy. We just want to be flexible. If we find that people really want to come earlier, we’ll expand earlier. And if we find that people are kind of hanging out later, we’ll expand later.”

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