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Darryl Strawberry To Open Queens Eatery

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NEW YORK — Darryl Strawberry is hoping to hit a home run with a new venture: a New York City restaurant with baseball-themed fare like Grand Slam appetizers.

The former Yankees and Mets slugger says Strawberry’s Sports Grill will open in Queens — home of the Mets — next Thursday.

He plans to take an active role, even serving as waiter sometimes.

The grill will feature his 1983 Mets jersey, when he was the NL Rookie of the Year, and his Shea Stadium locker.

Drugs and legal troubles derailed his career, but the eight-time All-Star remains popular with many Mets fans as one of the players who led the team to the 1986 World Series title.

He will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame this weekend.

Strawberry was drafted by the Mets in 1980.

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