Anatolian Gyro will move off of Sheepshead Bay Road, around the corner to 2623 East 16th Street, as their landlord ramps up for their third major storefront renovation project in the Sheepshead Bay Road area.
The restaurant has occupied 1605 Sheepshead Bay Road since 1994, becoming one of the earliest restaurants serving Turkish cuisine in Sheepshead Bay. It underwent an expansion at least 10 years ago, taking over a neighboring storefront.
Now the restaurant is moving around the corner, to make way for another renovation project by the landlord, Waldorf Realty.
Metin Turan, Anatolian’s owner, said that his lease is nearly up on the property, and that Waldorf did not offer a long-term lease renewal.
“[Waldorf] would only give me two more years on the lease. I didn’t want to take a two-year lease. It’s nothing. So I decided to move around the corner,” he said.
The new location will open in December or January.
The other stores in the building owned by Waldorf include Eye Appeal, which already moved to 1508 Sheepshead Bay Road, and Zeetron, an electronics repair shop that never reopened after Superstorm Sandy. The only remaining tenant is The Enterprise Gifts & Jewelry.
As we reported last week, Waldorf recently started prepping another Sheepshead Bay Road property at Voorhies Avenue, containing six ground-floor businesses, for a face-lift. They’re also nearing completion on a renovation of another batch of storefronts on the corner of Avenue Z and East 16th Street.