Strawberry's Sports Grill Shuts Its Doors

Bar and grill owned by former Mets slugger Darryl Strawberry goes out of business.

Just two years after debuting in Douglaston, Strawberry’s Sports Grill shut its doors permanently this past weekend.

The eatery, located along 235th Street near the community’s Long Island Rail Road station, was owned and operated by former Mets and Yankees slugger Darryl Strawberry and his brother, Michael.

The restaurant could not be reached for comment on closing its doors Sunday, but posted a statement on its Facebook page.

“After two wonderful years, we sadly announce that Strawberry’s Sports Grill has shut its doors for the last time,” the statement read. “Unfortunately, things have just run their course. We will take the wonderful memories and keep them in our hearts always. This was a beautiful two years that we’ll never forget.”

It was unclear why Strawberry’s closed down, but a spokeswoman for the city’s Health Department said that a rating for the restaurant had been pending.

Community leaders and residents said they were disappointed by the closing of the eatery.

“A couple of months ago, there was a rumor that it might close but then it went away,” said Rosemarie Guidice, who works at Station Realty across the street from Strawberry’s. “You never want to see a business go out around here.”

Douglas Montgomery, a local realtor, said the restaurant appeared to be popular.

“The place was often packed,” he said. “My kids loved it. It’s a big loss for the neighborhood.”

But Montgomery said the eatery had recently been “scaling back” by closing early on Mondays and opening later on other days of the week.

Patch wants to hear from readers who ate or dropped by for drinks at Strawberry’s Sports Grill? Are you disappointed or surprised that the eatery shut down? Post your comments in the section provided below.

Tony October 18, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Hi Phil: Oh, I did not realize he lives in Missouri. Well, if he's interested, he may fare better if he decides to open a resturant there. It is hard to have a sucessful business if he only shows up, occasionally.
Matt October 19, 2012 at 02:39 AM
As a Patron of Strawberries for 2 years and someone who got to know the ins and outs of their business I can tell you multiple issues with what is being said. First, Darryl did not own the restaurant. He simply received a monthly royalty for his name and to show up as some of you said, every so often. Originally the restaurant was managed by the same team as Southern Hospitality (Timberlakes Restarant in NYC). Anyone who was there in last 6 months noticed a menu and bar tap change. That was because SH was removed as manager. Then the beer taps went from $3 millers to $9 Arogant Bastard Ales. In my opinion I liked the better beer but the crowd was lost. Most people went there with few bucks to watch some games. Not a credit card waiting for a $100 bill. Then they changed the menu back in the last couple weeks along with the beer taps. Too little too late. Blame management. A first mate is only as good as is Captain. Can't blame the staff. I hope something comes in. My opinion, Buffalo Wild Wings. Corporate Structure, fixed prices, corporate backing, and as someone said earlier, Advertising!!!
Tony October 19, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Yes, that place should have been aired as an eposide of Chef Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares. I would love to see Chef Ramsey curse out and berate the management and staff there! LoL
Elaine October 21, 2012 at 10:21 PM
There has always been a bar/restaurant at that location--The first was the Weeping Beech which was part of the neighborhood for many years at that SAME location.
Jo October 22, 2012 at 02:32 AM
I agree with the above posts: Good food, decent prices, good spaces, always hopping (no matter what season, because there was always a game of some sort on the TVs). From what I just read in the Little Neck Ledger, Daryl is studying to be a minister, and has not has time recently to devote to advertising the place better,


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