One of the best things about going to college in Upstate NY was its accessibility to one of the best barbeque joints on the planet, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. The local rib and blues chain originated as a biker bar in Syracuse in the early '80's and has since opened outposts in Rochester, Harlem, and this coming summer in Troy, NY.

Grub Street reports that they're now considering an expansion to either Brooklyn or Queens:
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is eyeing no fewer than seven new locations, from the New York metro area all the way to Boston. The chain is looking for "buildings with character," its real-estate developer wrote in an e-mail to Eater. Size is another consideration: Dinosaur requires 6,000 to 10,000 square feet of space.

We think this would be a perfect fit for Astoria/Long Island City. Your thoughts?

UPDATE: Received this email from the owner:
Hi Ran
My name is john and I’m the owner/founder of dino bbq. Astoria is a place we’ll be looking , I live on 146st in harlem and in the summer it’s an easy motorcycle ride over for all that great greek food. Thanks again for your support!

john

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Comment by Pax on August 2, 2010 at 1:05pm
There have got to be tons of places between 21st St. and the river and below the park. Lots of potentials in that area, I would think...
Comment by Ran Craycraft on August 2, 2010 at 12:53pm
Just got another note from their owner--he'll be in Queens tomorrow looking at spaces. Anyone have any tips for potential Dino BBQ spaces that are fairly industrial and have ample motorcycle parking?
Comment by Russ on February 3, 2010 at 8:17am
Loved it when at school in rochester, was willing to wait forever to get a seat in Harlem. As my friends and I have discussed, Astoria needs a barbecue joint--what could be better than Dinosaur?
Comment by Sara on January 31, 2010 at 6:48pm
yes!!!!!!!! I've been to Syracuse and Harlem. love it.
Comment by Omar Yousif on January 30, 2010 at 4:50pm
Yes, Yes, and Yes. Long Island City/Astoria here comes BBQ!
Comment by Ran Craycraft on January 30, 2010 at 1:42pm
OMG just got this from Dino:

Hi Ran
My name is john and I’m the owner/founder of dino bbq. Astoria is a place we’ll be looking , I live on 146st in harlem and in the summer it’s an easy motorcycle ride over for all that great greek food. Thanks again for your support.

john
Comment by Brooke Carey on January 30, 2010 at 11:33am
If there was a Dinosaur in Astoria, I'd be lost there forever.
Comment by mia on January 29, 2010 at 3:33pm
oh yes yes yes please. oh yum. oh rootbeer on tap.
Comment by Melissa on January 29, 2010 at 3:17pm
Wow! Yum!!
Comment by Ian Hardouin on January 29, 2010 at 12:48pm
If they expand, I hope they don't chain themselves out to where the quality declines. One of the best bbq joints in the city

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