The New Kids on the Block at Arverne by the Sea

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The peninsula is growing every day with new apartments, houses, restaurants and shops popping up all over. One of the latest arrivals, The Tides at Arverne by the Sea, located between Beach 67th and Beach 69th Street, isn’t just for beachside luxury apartment living; it’s also home to a few new businesses. With the just-opened Vino by the Sea wine store, and the soon-to-come Locals Collective, Cuisine by Claudette, and a two-story restaurant that is still seeking ownership, plus Batesy’s BBQ opening just across the street, Arverne by the Sea will be swimming with new options.

The first shop, Vino by the Sea, opened its doors just last weekend. The new addition offers a variety of wines and spirits, but it’s not your average liquor store, according to owner Adam Linet. Don’t expect to see Jack Daniel's Whiskey or Beringer wines, but rather local whiskeys from Brooklyn and wines from Mattituck, LI. Linet, who has been in Arverne for two years, has experience with previous liquor stores and wanted to bring his knowledge to Rockaway. Originally, local builders from the Tides, didn’t want a liquor store, but when Linet pitched his idea, they could not refuse. “People enjoy drinking,” says Linet, plus “we have more of a restaurant hospitality than a store one.” Vino by the Sea will also be offering weekly tasting events, as well as a delivery service, so you can have the convenience of wine and liquor arriving right at your doorstep. Linet says he’s excited to have a business that is “a part of the community.” So if you want to expand your pallet and experience a variety of quality beverages, give Vino by the Sea a try.

The next ‘local’ business to open soon is Locals Collective. Locals has been a well-known surf school in Rockaway since 2012. Owners Mike Reinhardt and Mike Kololyan have made quite the team and are eager to expand their enterprise with their storage and locker facility and cafe. They were the first business to be signed on as one of The Tides’ new tenants. “We have been a mobile operation for quite some time, so we’re excited to have a store front as a home base,” says Mike Reinhardt.

 With their new space, Locals will now be ‘surfing’ up more than just lessons. Part of the space has already opened, offering individual indoor, heated and cooled, standing lockers for surfers to store their boards and personal items. The storage is accessible for members 24/7 and there are a variety of membership plans. The space also has full bathrooms so members can shower and change, making it a convenient stop for those that don’t live nearby. “The 60s has become a popular surfing area,” says Reinhardt. “Carrying a long board and getting it on the subway is not easy, so we wanted to make it more accessible, not only for locals, but people that travel to the Rockaways.” Still to come is a cafe section for people to grab a bite to eat, and enjoy a coffee, beer, or wine. Locals will also be selling their own branded apparel and will host art galleries and seminars. “We want to consistently improve on our service and find more creative ways to cultivate a surf community,” Reinhardt said. They are currently accepting membership bookings on their website, www.localscollectivenyc.com.

Coming this winter, expected in mid-January, is an already-established local favorite, Cuisine by Claudette. The business has been a big hit on Beach 116th Street since opening in 2012, and expanding to the concessions at Riis Park. Now, owner Claudette Flatow is expanding to Arverne. “It will be the same concept,” Flatow said. “Vegan, vegetarian, healthy foods and juices.” Flatow’s food is made from fresh, quality ingredients and shows Rockaway residents that they can have food that’s not only delicious, but good for you. Her menu items range from salmon cakes, to feta spinach turkey burgers, to vegan grilled cheese; with a variety of options, whether you are vegan, gluten free or an omnivore. Claudette’s will offer delivery service, as they do now, and will showcase their specials and menu items regularly. When asked what her favorite menu item is, Claudette responds, “Everything I do is my favorite,” with a smile. “It’s a great neighborhood and I want to make it better and healthier.”

The last new business at The Tides will be a restaurant. They are still seeking out ownership as construction finishes. The restaurant will be two stories and have an outside balcony. “The balcony view will have a straight shot to the ocean”, says Chris Gonzalez, Vice President of development and acquisitions at the Beechwood organization. Once ownership is determined, more information about the style of restaurant and type of food being offered will be available, but it is guaranteed to offer an ocean view.

Across Rockaway Beach Boulevard, at the site of the former Checkers fast food restaurant, will be Rockaway’s newest BBQ spot, Batesy’s, and it’s in familiar hands. Batesy’s is being opened by the owners of Pico Mexican restaurant on Beach 129th Street. Batesy’s will offer a bit of a different concept. Instead of ordering from a waiter, you will order from the counter and get a ticket. After you order, grab a table, inside or outside, and a staff member will bring you your food. “The idea is to have fast, casual and quicker service says,” says Chris Miles, one of the partners. A take-out counter will be available as well. Batesy’s will not only offer favorite BBQ items like brisket and pork, but it will have a bar with craft beer and cocktails. “We will have our own twist on traditional drinks like an Old Fashioned, Manhattan and Negroni,” Miles said. The restaurant is expected to open in January. Miles credits business partner, Bill Keating, with making the new restaurant possible. “He’s a huge part of our success as well, which without Pico, there would be no Batesy’s,” Miles said. Although the cuisine will be different, many can expect the same quality as Pico. Miles says the goal is to have “good, simple food done right.”

Local residents are already looking forward to the new additions. “It’s a fantastic thing that Rockaway is expanding. I like that an area, once completely written off, is now the place to be,” says Rockaway resident Richard Bennick. Erika Gordon, one of Arverne by the Sea’s newest residents says, “I think it’s great that the community is getting more restaurants and shops. It brings more to the area for families and friends.”

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