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London Lennie’s Seafood Restaurant Listed for Sale as Development Site

London Lennie’s has been listed for lease or sale as a potential development site. (Loopnet)

May 28, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan

The owners of seafood restaurant London Lennie’s have put the property on the market and are hoping to hook a developer.

The 10,700 square foot property was listed last week for $6.5 million and is being marketed as a potential development site for medical, retail, residential, community facilities, a hotel or office space.

The site, located at 63-88 Woodhaven Blvd. is within a R5 district with a C1-3 zoning, which allows for mixed-use projects up to a 22,000 square feet, nearly four times the size of the current 5,830 square foot restaurant.

“This redevelopment opportunity provides developers the ability to capitalize on tremendous demand in an area with a scarcity of developable land,” the listing reads.

The property, which is owned by the operators of London Lennie’s, the Barnes family, is being listed by Salvatore Crifasi of Crifasi Real Estate. The owners are also open to accepting offers to lease the property, according to the listing.

The Barnes family opened London Lennie’s in 1959 and it soon became a popular spot in the neighborhood for seafood. The restaurant’s menu offers a wide range of seafood including fresh lobster brought in daily from New England and Canada. The restaurant is still open and is continuing to operate as usual.

The operators of London Lennie’s could not be reached for comment.

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14 Comments

Joan

Queens is way overdeveloped already. I agree enough is enough. Building more residential and commercial space just adds more congestion to already over congested area. What we won’t have are places to eat!!!

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Mary Ryan

So sad just another great restaurant closing down! I’m devastated, eat here at least once a week. Not looking forward to another condo or office space being built. Middle Village is looking more like Manhattan these days. Condos, condos and more condos!! When is enough enough?

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Lester

The end of an era. The owner used to stand by the counter and greet you, he looked just like Terry Thomas, British actor. I’ve been going there since it opened. There isn’t a finer, better seafood restaurant on Long Island. We will miss you, Good luck

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Elizabeth Wollheim

Broken hearted! I grew up in Queens and now live in Manhattan but travel to Queens just for London Lennies! My kids grew up there. They are devastated. So am I. The Barnes family are letting the neighborhood down.

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Seth

Their Cherrystones rule. The house slaw, the warm loaf of bread. One more great old-school joint disappearing. I’m sure the family would like a break from running a huge, busy place–the restaurant business is tough. But I’ve been to LL’s with lots of friends and neighbors, and we’ll even miss waiting for a table by the display case of goodies and watching the parade of locals. Lots of family celebrations. Some “Tony/Silvio/Paulie” types for flavor. Couples on dates. Took a friend for a birthday dinner not long ago and had a great waitress who gave good recommendations. I miss those clams when I haven’t been there for a while. Definitely wish they’d stay. I can hear sobbing all over Queens!

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LAURA LOMBARDI

This is horrible news. There is nothing but condos and high buildings going up everywhere. Leave it alone! So sad to hear the news. What will be left, Mcdonald’s restaurants?

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McDonald's manager

We’re serving up 2 for 1 bacon cheeseburgers in honor of Lennie’s

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LongoneLenny

I’ve been dining here since I was a child. I hope the next owner decides to continue the business and not demolish to build a “luxury condo” or similar.

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Kelly

Hell no! That’s not happening after someone spends $6.5m. The property is worth more developed into commercial and apartments. Last thing they’re doing. London Lennie’s can open again some place else with their $6.5 millions

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Sara Ross

Don’t close it and put up another residential building! There are no good seafood restaurants in the area. Maybe keep some of the space as the restaurant.

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Elsie Krause

OMG. We’re shocked & saddened. Our favorite restaurant . . . have been going there for years . . .

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