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Year In Review • AUGUST COMPILED BY JENNA BAGCAL
Outback in Queens Place mall abruptly closes
Visitors were surprised to discover that an Elmhurst Outback Steakhouse mysteriously
closed on Aug.27. Representatives from Cushman & Wakefi eld said that the decision
to close the Australian-inspired steakhouse “was based solely on business circumstances.”
Th e location had been in the mall since 2001 but had been in decline according
to negative customer reviews on the website Yelp.
Photo by Ryan Kelley/THE COURIER
New authentic Chinese
restaurant opens in Bayside
You Garden Xiao Long Bao restaurant opened in Bayside on Aug. 28, serving up
authentic Shanghai cuisine to its customers. Th e eatery was the second restaurant
from the owners, who also run Shanghai You Garden Dumpling House in downtown
Flushing. According to Gao, their goal is to introduce Shanghainese food to a
Mayor proposes jail in Kew
Gardens in push to close Rikers
Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a controversial plan to erect a jail in Kew Gardens,
part of his plan to introduced four borough-based jails as an alternative to Rikers
Island. De Blasio proposed to redevelop the Queens Detention Complex at 126-02
82nd Ave. and the nearby municipal parking lot into a 1,510-bed corrections center.
Th e mayor also planned to open similar facilities in the Bronx, Brooklyn and
Manhattan in a push to shut Rikers down.
Tornado hits Whitestone and College Point
An EF-0 strength tornado hit parts of Whitestone and College Point on Aug. 3, leaving
evidence of destruction in its wake. Th e National Weather Service sent out a tornado
warning to residents living Queens and the Bronx on Aug. 2. It was reported that the
twister was about as wide as a football fi eld -- 100 yards -- and had winds that reached
between 75 to 80 miles per hour. Residents reported fallen trees and downed power
lines throughout the two areas.
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