El Bodegon undergoing transformation

The former El Bodegon restaurant on West Main Street has been closed for renovations since February with interior renovations going on for months. Tangible evidence of the changes appeared on its exterior this week with crisp, new red awnings, adorned with a script P.
I’ve been told the new place will be more a bar and nightclub than the former restaurant, with a dance floor in the basement area among the renovations. The principals in the new endeavor apparently own a couple of other restaurants in Elizabeth, from what I’ve heard.
(Thanks to reader Bob Markey who noticed the change and snapped the photo above.)

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The New York Times examines an eight-block commercial section of Queens to see how small businesses are faring in the economy, in this story on Monday, “A Small-Business Barometer in Astoria.”