BFC Partners today announced that Two Boots Pizza, a New York City icon since 1987, is the latest restaurant to join the growing food and beverage hub at Empire Outlets – New York City’s first and only retail outlet center. The 2,865-square-foot restaurant will be Two Boots’ first location on Staten Island, placing it alongside new and established eateries that are making Empire Outlets the home of their borough debut.
Expected to open within Empire Outlets in late-2017, the new Two Boots will be more than a restaurant, featuring an 800-square-foot terrace to host live music, special events and other entertainment for Staten Island residents, visitors and tourists. It will join a diverse array of homegrown, artisanal brands including Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, Nathan’s Famous and MRKTPL, Staten Island first-ever artisanal food hall.
“Two Boots is an incredible addition to the mix of retail, restaurants and community benefits that makes Empire Outlets the future of the North Shore.Just as Empire Outlets is the city’s first and only outlet center, we are proud to make it the home of Two Boots’ first Staten Island location,” said Joseph Ferrara, principal at BFC Partners. “We are confident that this NYC pizza institution will be well-received and awarded by Staten Island residents and visitors alike. We are also looking forward to what special Staten Island-centric concoction Phil and the Two Boots team will come up with!”
“Two Boots is excited to join Empire Outlets and bring our unique Cajun-Italian cooking to Staten Island”, said Phil Hartman, founder of Two Boots. “The restaurant will have a full bar, live music, an expanded menu and, like all branches of Two Boots, will feature the work of local artists.”
Two Boots’ new restaurant at Empire Outlets will be its 14th in the metropolitan area. Along with its range of dining options, Empire Outlets will also feature high-profile coffee and specialty food shops including Starbucks, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Haagen-Dazs and Wetzel’s Pretzels.
Located adjacent to the St. George Ferry Terminal, Empire Outlets will include around 100 designer outlet retailers, a 190-room hotel with a rooftop venue and a 1,250-space parking garage. Eateries are flocking to Empire Outlets’ 40,000-square-foot food and beverage deck, which offers extraordinary views of the Manhattan skyline.
“At Empire Outlets, Two Boots and our entire restaurant selection will combine with world-class retail to create an unforgettable shopping and dining experience.” said Michael Brais of Douglas Elliman Commercial, the exclusive food & beverage leasing representative for Empire Outlets. “Whether you’re a local resident, visitor or tourist, Empire Outlets will transform the way we look at Staten Island and the entire New York metro area.”
Empire Outlets is already 60 percent leased and BFC Partners is actively in discussions with several prominent tenants for the balance of the lifestyle center. The project will be situated next to the New York Wheel, which will be one of the tallest observation wheels in the Western hemisphere.
BFC Partners’ Empire Outlets will be an approximately 340,000 square foot retail complex, comprised of 100 designer outlet retailers and a variety of restaurants and cafes. Plans also include a 190-room hotel that will provide extraordinary views of the Manhattan skyline. BFC Partners will also build a 1,250-space structured parking garage below the retail and hotel components to accommodate commuters and tourists alike. Designed by SHoP Architects, Empire Outlets will feature expansive open corridors to the water, contemporary materials reflective of the industrial waterfront, and a sweeping sustainable green roof visible from the harbor. Celebratory vertical circulation elements such as grand staircases, elevators, and streamlined escalators will guide shoppers as they move from the waterfront up to Richmond Terrace, creating a dynamic and easily navigated pedestrian experience. For more information about Empire Outlets New York City, please visit www.empireoutletsnyc.com. Find us on Twitter @EmpireOutlets.
BFC Partners has been a developer of affordable and market-rate housing, as well as mixed use projects in New York City for more than 30 years. After starting in the East Village in the 1980s, BFC has established itself as a major developer in Brooklyn, completing the award-winning Toren in Downtown Brooklyn and the award-winning creative office building 1000 Dean Street in Crown Heights. BFC is currently nearing completion on 7 DeKalb at City Point on Flatbush Avenue and has broken ground on the city’s first outlet center on Staten Island. Most recently, BFC was part of a team to be selected by the city to develop Bedford Courts in Crown Heights and Essex Crossing on the Lower East Side. Since the firm’s inception in the 1985, BFC and its principals have completed over $5 billion in development projects, encompassing the construction of more than 8,000 residential units and millions of square feet of mixed-use development. For more information about BFC Partners visit www.bfcnyc.com
Two Boots was created in NYC’s East Village in 1987 by two indie filmmakers who loved pizza, beer, and all things New Orleans (the two “boots” refer to the geographical shapes of Italy & Louisiana!). With locations coast to coast, including Nashville, Los Angeles, and soon Washington D.C., Two Boots brings a deep commitment to each of its communities, along with its unique Cajun-Italian cooking. For more information about Two Boots programs with the Lower Eastside Girls Club, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Housing Works Cafe and other community groups, please visit twoboots.com.