July 5, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan
A new supermarket is set to take over the vacant Sizzler restaurant site on Metropolitan Avenue, according to Department of Buildings (DOB) filings.
The DOB permits, filed back in April of this year, call for a change of use for the 100-27 Metropolitan Avenue property from a restaurant to a supermarket.
The property’s current zoning, C1-3, allows for both types of establishments, meaning the supermarket operator will not be required to secure any zoning changes.
The 5,400 square foot building was previously occupied by chain restaurant Sizzler, which unexpectedly closed in 2015 after 20 years of business, reportedly due to high rent costs.
The new supermarket will have 22 designated car parking space in their lot, according to the permit application, which was approved on May 30.
The DOB filings indicate that the new store will go by the name Metropolitan Food Court, operated by an individual named Peter Bivona.
Bivona did not respond to request for comment.
The Queens Chronicle was first to report on this story.