Staten Island’s new hotspot: Work progresses on Minthorne Street
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The first phase of the Minthorne Street project in Tompkinsville — dubbed by its developer “Staten Island’s newest hot spot” — will be complete by September.
With an additional 10,000-square-feet of space still available for lease, the building has begun its transformation into a trendy, hip “urban street,” said Gary C. Angiuli, the property owner whose family’s car dealerships were housed in the warehouse from the 1970s until 2006.
To create this vibe, Angiuli is developing a mix of homegrown retailers and restaurants.
“I envision Minthorne Street to be truly unique for Staten Island. It will be a comfortable meeting place where local residents can come,” he said, noting that the entire project, which he is developing in partnership with his son, Sam, should be complete within 18 months.
Phase one construction almost complete
Work on the building where Flagship Brewery is housed should be complete by September, said Angiuli. Contractors have refaced the facade of Flagship Brewery, which was designed by the New Dorp-based Rampulla Associates Architects and architect Amie Gross.
“The facade of Flagship Brewery is almost entirely complete,” Angiuli said. “The brewery has a beautiful corrugated metal awning. It has ceramic tile on the upper facade and the side of the building was restored to its original brick to give it a more authentic feel. We are awaiting the installation of a large metal grid backlighted tower and some graphics and signs will be put on the sides of the building.”
“The tower will backlight the building at night. It really will be beautiful,” he added.
Construction on the 9,000-square-foot Daddy O’s new restaurant and sports bar, designed by Nick Tamborra, should be complete in the next few weeks, according to it’s owner, Greg Fosdal.
“This will be a family BBQ restaurant and sports bar. The bar alone holds 80 people,” he said, noting that the bar will include a state-of-the art sound system, 180-inch projector televisions, along with more than 40 additional large screen televisions.
“This will be the same Daddy O’s theme, but just with more room for fun,” Fosdal said.
Fosdal also has a plan to put a Mexican Cantina in another part of the building. But it’s been “put on the back burner,” until Daddy O’s is open, he said.
Most of the the facade of the Daddy O’s side of the building will be complete in this phase of the project, Angulli said.
“Beautiful cedar wood panels have been installed on the facade of Daddy O’s during this phase,” he said. ” We are waiting for the canopy and signage. The upper facade will be installed during phase two.”
Phases two, three and four
Refurbishment of another 5,000 square feet will be completed as part of phase two. That space will likely be subdivided into two storefronts.
“We have a potential food tenant that would be a unique concept for one of the spaces,” said Angulli. “Sam and I are really trying to curate the block. We aren’t taking just any tenant.”
The third phase of construction will be the renovation of the Victory Boulevard side of the property.
Phase four of construction will be an overhaul of the Bay Street side of the building, which houses several city agencies, said Angiuli.
The parking area will be completely renovated during phase three. There is room for 40 to 45 parking spaces. With valet parking, that will increase to about 70 spaces, said Angulli.
“Sam and I are currently contemplating putting a second deck on (the parking lot), which would add approximately 15 more parking spaces and possibly a small area that can be dedicated as a park-like space,” he said.