By Paula Katinas
The owners of Gold Coast, the delicatessen-style restaurant on the corner of Third Avenue and 86th Street, closed the eatery on May 23, but said they will still be doing business in Bay Ridge.
“We’re going to be concentrating on our restaurant Cebu,” said Mike Esposito, one of the owners.
Cebu, located on the corner of Third Avenue and 88th Street, will be the beneficiary of the closure of Gold Coast, according to Esposito, who said he and his partners plan to bring over many of the delicatessen’s most popular dishes to Cebu’s menu.
“We’ll be bringing over a lot of the dishes that our customers told us they liked and offering them as weekly specials at Cebu,” he said.
The restaurant owners are also looking ahead.
“We have a couple of projects we’re developing. We’re opening a beer garden in Park Slope. And we’re going to be doing other things,” Esposito said.
The decision to close Gold Coast, which opened less than a year ago, was difficult, Esposito said.
“It’s hard to sum it all up. I think the main thing is that to own a restaurant in New York City these days, you have to be busy all the time. We received a nice reception, but we weren’t doing enough business to keep it open over the long term,” he said. “But we’re grateful to Bay Ridge giving us the chance. It was a great year and a great experience.”