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London Lennie’s to Remain Open Despite Rumors of Closing: Owner

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

Oct. 24, 2019. By Shane O’Brien 

The owner of London Lennie’s, a popular seafood restaurant in Rego Park that was listed for sale in May, has said that it will remain open for “the next 60 years.”

Les Barnes, the restaurant’s owner, penned an open later to the community on London Lennie’s Facebook page last week saying that it wasn’t going anywhere.

“For the past 60 years, my family and I have been serving the community with the finest and freshest seafood. We will carry on the tradition for the next 60 years,” the post read.

News surfaced in May that the restaurant at 63-88 Woodhaven Blvd. had been listed at $6.5 million. However, Barnes quelled fears that the restaurant would be closing down in a recent interview with the Forest Hills Times where he said that he was only ever “exploring the value of the property.”

He told the news outlet that word of the restaurant’s closure was blown out of proportion.

Barnes told the Forest Hills Times that he received calls from around America when word spread about its listing and that he felt he had to put an end to rumors.

“We received calls from California and Florida, and people wanted to come in since they heard we were ‘closing’,” Barnes told the outlet. “I also heard that we were closed and we will redevelop the place. We had to put an end to the rumors.”

London Lennie’s was founded by Barnes’ father Leonard in 1959 and has become a stalwart of the Rego Park community. The Forest Hills Times reports that it serves 140,000 meals annually.


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Beatrice Lemlein

Only fish restaurant in the area! Would be a total loss to the surrounding neighborhood should it cease to exist!
Food has always been top notch and the service excellent! 🤗

Jose David Marroquin Rojas

London Lennie’s un Foredt Hills is been the Best, I always enjoyed my Meals and for tree décades Never had any complaint. Thanks to the Owners, God Bless.


Word on the street is the staff was trying to unionize…this was a ploy to stop the organizing and force a settlement with the staff…better to have a non-union job than no job at all….crabfest and the raw bar are awesome at london lennies!! (always pair the brooklyn soraci ace with the kumamoto oysters)

Sara Ross

I’m so happy! Not many places to go in the area where the food has always been good and the prices reasonable – especially for fresh fish.


“For the past 60 years, my family and I have been serving the community with the finest and freshest seafood. We will carry on the tradition for the next 60 years,”

Exactly what an owner who wants to keep customers coming, so he csn continue making money and not get hassled until the deal to sell closes, would say.


Good to read this! It’s a nice restaurant and we need to hold on to these treasures of the past instead of selling everything off to build more ugly apartments.


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