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A Queens enterprise proprietor resides his American dream

The lower of a pink ribbon formally marked the grand opening of Kween, a homosexual bar and restaurant in Astoria. It was the second proprietor Pedro Alvarado’s dream grew to become a actuality.

“Once I signed the papers for this enterprise and I bought the important thing and I put the important thing contained in the lock, I mentioned, ‘Nicely that is it, that is my child,’” Alvarado mentioned.


What You Want To Know

  • A brand new queer bar, Kween, has opened in Astoria, Queens simply in time for Pleasure Month
  • It’s proprietor Pedro Alvarado’s first enterprise enterprise and the belief of a lifelong objective
  • Alvarado labored within the trade for 20 years, studying the enterprise aspect and saving for his personal place
  • Rising up in Venezuela, it was essential for him to create a secure area for everybody to be themselves

Alvarado’s dream of opening his personal place dates again to 1998, when he immigrated from Venezuela to New York. His first job was washing dishes at a restaurant on Madison Avenue. Then, a bartending gig on the Arduous Rock Cafe, the place he realized tips on how to make 180 drinks. Finally, he grew to become a supervisor within the homosexual bar scene in Hell’s Kitchen.

“So I used to be saving, getting expertise, creating issues, after which I used to be like, ‘Nicely, what it could possibly be?’” he recalled.

And that’s how the concept for Kween was born. It’s greater than a enterprise; it’s a freedom Alvarado didn’t all the time really feel rising up in Venezuela.

“It was tough popping out as a homosexual man, and every thing, in all of South America and loads of locations, together with the US,” he mentioned. “This area particularly is gonna be, is already a secure area for everybody. You could be whoever you might be and you might be secure right here. That is your house, your own home.”

Alvarado says proudly owning a queer area comes with higher accountability. He desires Kween to not solely be a secure area to have enjoyable, but additionally a spot to assist the LGBTQ+ neighborhood with occasions and fundraising.

“I need to attempt to do my finest to not be only a enterprise that serves drink and meals,” he mentioned.

In Alvarado’s palace, he says he desires to lift everybody as much as really feel like a Queen, which is the place inspiration for the enterprise’s title got here from.

“All people is asking everybody like, ‘Yass queen, hey queen,’ or no matter. For me, Queen with a Ok-W-E-E-N is like, is encouraging,” he mentioned. 

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