Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Roosevelt Island Trellis Diner Closed For Renovations, Where Will Customers Go Now? Auction Of Trellis Items Today

As reported August 18:

Roosevelt Island Trellis Diner owner Alex Razaghi reports that the Trellis Diner will begin renovations in early September... We will be closed as of September 8th, 2014.
Yesterday morning, Trellis Diner was closed for business

with a sign in the window announcing an auction of its contents for today (Tuesday September 9) at 12 PM

Mr. Razaghi estimates the renovation will take 4-6 months and then the grand re-opening of a new

 Rendering Of New Trellis Diner From Alex Razaghi

Trellis Diner.

Mr. Razaghi explained his vision to WOW residents and RIOC Board of Directors at this previous post.

With the Trellis Diner temporarily closed for renovations, where will its customers go to eat and socialize?

UPDATE 11;15 AM- Another rendering

  Rendering Of New Trellis Diner From Alex Razaghi

of the new Trellis Diner.

UPDATE 4:40 PM - From the Twitterverse:


CheshireKitty said...

It really is an impressive design. I predict the new Trellis will become the go-to place on the island - given the unobstructed views of the plaza and Main St. The exuberant glass peaks mean it'll be filled with light in the daytime and excitement at night.

Meanwhile, it might be nice if RIOC provided outdoor seating at GSP - just as at Eleanor's Pier. Residents could bring food there from Organic Market/Subway/deli. Of course, that won't cut it once the weather gets cold or if it rains.

Northtown also has the Sweet Shop, which will probably get a huge boost in business while Trellis is closed.

NotMyKid said...

I should say majority of patrol cops.

A) it's off the beaten path.
B) to make an arrest is a nightmare to process and majority of 114 officers have no idea how to process a Roosevelt island arrest property.
C) there is a PSD, yet they are called. It makes them feel as though they are always cleaning up PSD's problems. Which is true. PSD has been very hands off and whenever there is an emotionally disturbed person, a sector is called, whenever there is a car accident, a sector is called, if there is anything more than an aided, a sector is called!

It's insane! They do not need Roosevelt island calls as they have enough on their plate in Queens!.

So there is usually a grudge against PSD from most officers and view them as pretty much a security outfit and useless.

I agree.

NotMyKid said...

PSD needs more duties and responsibilities, as well as being allowed to perform their law enforcement function.

Let them make arrests, issue summonses and take reports such as accident reports, as they are lawfully allowed to complete.

They respond to domestic incidents, but do not properly fill out a domestic incident report. A convenient 911 call and dump it on the sector is all it takes.


YetAnotherRIer said...

"I predict the new Trellis will become the go-to place on the island"

Only if the kitchen improves.

RooseveltIslander said...

My understanding is that RIOC is following policy recommendations for PSD made by the NY State Inspector General and this Operational Audit conducted by T&M Protection Resources.


NotMyKid said...

Just because a PRIVATE COMPANY says it recommends a way to do police work does not necessarily mean it is the correct way.

Also, it's a bit of a double edged sword to have a company you(rioc) paid for, to give other than favorable "recommendations" to rioc and the community.

It's all about keeping a hands off approach and just getting paid to be security.

KTG said...

Sure its not an accident Bel Aire has begun dropping more menus at least in Manhattan Park. Generally better quality. But agree if Trelis improves menu as well as decor I would agree that it will be a great thing for Island.

Westviewer said...

I hope the new menu is better than the new design.

YetAnotherRIer said...

That's some really ugly design. Let's hope the end product doesn't look like this at all. What were they smoking when they came up with that disaster? It looks even worse on the rendered picture.

CheshireKitty said...

The idea of the radiating points reminds me a bit of the Statue of Liberty's crown. The second rendering appears "heavier" especially with the somewhat thicker beams and evidently tinted glass panes, as opposed to the seemingly more slender struts and clear glass depicted in the initial rendering. The first rendering could have been inspired by the Louvre glass pyramidal skylight - although the second rendering is clearly an iteration of the first depiction, it's a somehow heavier/darker design that to me at least suggests "nightlife" or "bar." Whatever final design is settled on, though, I think it will bring new energy to RI - no-one on RI has a forward-looking, brash, and dynamic design like this renovation. I hope it ushers in an era of even more pioneering architectural experimentation on RI.

CheshireKitty said...

The elegant new design will call for an elegant new menu. I hope the owners will consider implementing a Mediterranean menu - or at least a Mediterranean portion of the menu. The restaurant does not need to change into a falafel shop, but, given that there will no doubt be some folks from Israel on RI someday with the arrival of C-T, and Mediterranean cuisine is considered perhaps the healthiest cuisine, the owners may want to consider at least including some Mid-East/Israeli/Mediterranean favorites such as falafel, turkey shwarma, chicken kebab,taboule, ful muddames, and so forth.

CheshireKitty said...

I always found the offerings at Trellis acceptable, if not quite tasty.

Granted, like at all restaurants, the food was a bit over-salted. This is because the biggest fear at all restaurants is that the customer will find a dish unpalatable, "cardboard-y" or unexciting. Thus the tendency to over-season/salt food. The same thing is done with all frozen prepared dishes - maybe more so: A large amount of sodium is added. Even canned foods such as beans/vegetables have sodium added; of course, sodium also acts as a preservative.

Since I personally have low blood pressure, and have been told to up my salt intake - especially in the summer - I had no problem with Trellis food (or the food of other restaurants, which is similarly salted). The salt is actually "good for me." However, there are many who are on blood pressure medication, and out of consideration for these customers, Trellis could implement a low-salt portion of the menu.

CheshireKitty said...

I think Bel Aire is not exactly the same thing as Trellis; the business models are different. Bel Aire is a traditional diner, with a lengthy menu, open round-the-clock, and so forth. It's at an important crossroads in W. Queens, and is adjacent to a large parking lot. There is no way Bel Aire is not going to do well - albeit it too occasionally needs to tweak its menu to keep up with current food/restaurant trends.

I always saw Trellis more as a family restaurant serving diner-style cuisine rather than as an actual diner. It had a bar portion - which, if I am not mistaken, is not usually found at diners, and the enclosed sidewalk dining area is also not a hallmark of traditional diners. The counter dining area is a traditional feature of diners - so the restaurant was really a fusion of a standard American restaurant ("coffee shop") with a diner-style menu.

In its own way, it was rather unique, in offering three or four different dining experiences: Service at the counter, at the tables/booths within the restaurant itself, at the bar, and at the enclosed/"outdoor" section; plus, when it featured music, there was even outdoor seating.

Trellis would not have been as successful as it was, had it not been for its outstanding service, along with its food, which diners obviously looked forward to and enjoyed; if not, they would not have been repeatedly/constantly dining there.

Jay Morales said...

It's called moving on to the future and as you can see the future will have all kinds of weird designs lol