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RaR Bar is a local bar, eatery and art space. It was open in November of 2007 by me, Tina Stipanovic.
RaR bar is my playground, a space where I share my ideas, my passions, my favorites. You may spot me in the kitchen cooking up some new recipe, building some new something or other in some corner of the space or simply blending in with the crowd and enjoying some of our many awesome events.
Friends or newcomers are hard to distinguish here. If you don't have a friend when you walk in pull up a chair to our horseshoe-shaped bar with no TVs and ease into conversations and friendships. By the time you leave you will have discovered why many of our patrons consider RaR bar Astoria’s best kept secret.
Tina Stipanovic is the chef and owner of RaR bar: Rèst-âü-Ránt. Hailing from Croatia, she has been a resident of Astoria for the last 25 years. So what’s her story you ask?
Originally trained as a fine artist with an MFA from Parsons School of Design, Tina harbored a passion for food and cooking from a very early age. She is a self-taught cook drawing influences from her family and background while absorbing her surroundings through her taste buds. The result is RaR bar, where her passions collide and coexist by bringing art and food together in a collaborative and inspiring setting.
Tina is happiest when her hands are busy. She truly believes she has a natural genetic need to make stuff and gets bored in normal situations. She is a sculptor, an artist, a crafter, a parent to two young humans, a cook, a gardener and a general DIYer. She has a strong interest in all things pure and simple. No, she’s not a hippy.