Francis Cafe Opening in Ditmars (soon I hope)

The Restaurant 718, located at Ditmars and 35th St has turned into Francis Cafe.  They are putting the finishing touches.  Those charming gold leaf looking stickers were being stuck on as I walked by today.  You can see some close up pics and get a few more details here on

Now they just need to lease out the once "Top Tomato" and more recently "Ditmars Farmers Market" (was never a real farmers market anyway) space that has recently become vacant.  I heard their rent was 25,000 per month!  That's a lot of apples! (sorry, I couldn't resist)

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Comment by Mandy D on December 12, 2011 at 1:34am

Walked by this place just a few days ago and saw the old owner inside helping with some renovation. I'm assuming the guy who was always tending bar at 718 was the owner --It was that guy. I just hope the brunch is as good in the new incarnation! :) I miss that French Toast as it is! Best I've had in Astoria.

Comment by Peter Horowitz on December 9, 2011 at 5:11pm

I agree Bethany, it looks great and if it is the same owners then I am sure the food, wine, and coffee will be excellent.

Comment by Peter Horowitz on December 9, 2011 at 5:09pm

I believe you are correct Ran.  From what I hear it is the same owners .

Comment by Ran Craycraft on December 9, 2011 at 1:34pm

I think this is still the 718 owners, right? Also, I think Watawa is expanding to the next building--that was the plan 2 years ago. 

Comment by Bethany Heitman on December 9, 2011 at 1:29pm

It looks really nice so far! Anyone have any idea what is opening next to Watawa near 33rd/34th and Ditmars (it has a brick front)?



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