Darryl Strawberry’s eponymous Sports Grill in Douglaston closed its doors suddenly and permanently on Sunday, with little initial explanation from the famous slugger.
The restaurant, located at 42-15 235 St., opened to much fanfare in August 2010, as the former Met and Yankee became something of a regular at his own joint during the eatery’s initial opening.
It went on to host a 1986 Mets reunion dinner, as well as participate in Douglaston Community Day.
The closure came as something of a surprise, and without much warning. Ownership posted a message on Facebook announcing the restaurant’s closure.
“After two wonderful years, we sadly announce that Strawberry’s Sports Grill has shut its doors for the last time,” it read. “Unfortunately, things have just run their course.”
The grill was in fiscal straits, according to various reports, but staff was caught as surprised as patrons.
“We opened two years ago and never imagined that we would meet so many beautiful people, make so many great friends, and live so many great memories in this restaurant,” the statement read.
“We want to thank all the wonderful families and friends who chose Strawberry’s Sports Grill as their home away from home. We also want to thank our amazing staff, who truly made Strawberry’s Grill the fun, friendly environment that it was. We will take the wonderful memories and keep them in our hearts always.”