May 9, 2016 By Michael Florio
A Jackson Heights man who is trying to open a French-American restaurant is struggling to get the permits he needs from the Building Dept. in order to finish construction.
Stewart Wadden announced last June that he plans on opening Swim Two Birds, a French-American restaurant located at 76-05 37th Ave.
Wadden is currently having problems getting the permits necessary to complete the plumbing work. He has been at loggerheads with the department since January, when it denied him the permit.
Wadden said he hopes to have the permit problem resolved soon, although he was not sure when that would be.
While his opening date is far from certain, he is 100 percent sure that he will be moving ahead with the restaurant.
“I have put my life savings into this place and have no choice but to go forward,” he added.
“I had hoped to open months ago,” he said. “It’s up in the air but I fully intend to open the restaurant.”
Wadden plans to serve French cuisine, as well as American dishes such as burgers and a variety of seafood dishes.
Wadden is the former chef to the Canadian Ambassador. He has also cooked for a number of international dignitaries—such as the queens of Belgium, Jordan and Norway.