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Steakhouse Sits Vacant in Busy Strip Mall [Empty in Commack]

Charlie Brown's Steakhouse leaves behind a well-kept building on Vets Highway.

Since bankruptcy last Novemeber, the large space formerly occupied by the eatery has been empty.

Since it hasn't been vacant for long, the building, located at 88 Veterans Memorial Highway, appears to be well kept. Considering its placement in the busy shopping center and its ample parking space, the property would be a formidable site for another potential restaurant.

The property is currently listed with Kimco Realty.

What would you like to see here? Tell us in the comments.

chefcristo October 28, 2011 at 04:12 AM
ok mom, glad you enjoyed golden corral. i did as well. if the chain is still in existence (google it), maybe 2x a charm! sure worth a try. not sure why in went out of business in the first place. whenever i was there, it was quite busy...people even waiting at the entrance for a table.
chefcristo October 28, 2011 at 09:59 AM
hi again mom, i contacted golden corral via computer last night. the alive and well, based in north carolina (i think.) asked them to consider reopening at the king kullen shopping ctr. awaiting their reply. for those of us interested in having the golden corral re-established, perhaps they'll get the picture if we all contact them with the same reopening request.....go to goldencorral.com....contact us... and type in request. hearty appetite! hope this works.
Joel Blitzer October 28, 2011 at 11:16 AM
Why is a person with chef in their name suggesting a low budget, crappy food place?
chefcristo October 28, 2011 at 12:17 PM
even home CHEFS are budget-conscious. by "low budget" i assume you mean less expensive than other restaurants in town. ok, i'm all for that. as for the food at golden corral (when it was in commack,) the food wasn't of the gourmet variety, but it was for the most part, wholesome, plentiful , tasty and inexpensive to boot. maybe you have the means to go to upscale restaurants. i don't, and not too many commack residents want to blow a few hundred bucks to take the family out to dinner once in a while.
Joel Blitzer October 28, 2011 at 12:36 PM
I am laughing. The Golden Coral couldnt make it here when the economy was good. The large franchise operations have a problem, the expenses on Long Islang are just too high to fit there models. Millers seems to be doing OK as there alcohol receipts must be high. They serve good food at very reasonable prices.
Laurie S. October 28, 2011 at 12:41 PM
yes I want cracker barrel, love the food and gift shops.
Laurie S. October 28, 2011 at 12:42 PM
yummo!
Laurie S. October 28, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Home goods would be nice!
chefcristo October 28, 2011 at 01:02 PM
another bar scene a la millers just doesn't fit commack's family- oriented image.
Big_E October 28, 2011 at 01:49 PM
"...another bar scene a la millers just doesn't fit commack's family- oriented image..." Yet this location is about 100 feet up the road from Blush...
beth pastorino October 28, 2011 at 03:22 PM
What about a Sweet Tomatoes's , they are always crowded down here in Florida
chefcristo October 28, 2011 at 03:29 PM
"sweet tomatoes".....sounds like another pizza joint to me. THAT we don't need!
chefcristo October 28, 2011 at 03:31 PM
.....and a chain to boot. generally, chain pizza restaurants (if you want to call them that) make about the worst pizzas on the planet!
Robert D October 30, 2011 at 05:31 PM
I'd love to see Besitos or another quality Mexican restaurant / club. There's one already in Huntington that does very well.
chefcristo October 30, 2011 at 09:03 PM
ok, if golden corral doesn't suit most. how about an italian buffet. went to one earlier this month in ithica, ny. fantastic and inexpensive. wonderful, fresh food including 8 pizza varieties.....pasta, lasagne, meatballs, fresh salad (and not just iceberg lettuce...even had mesculin greens, and a variety of dressings.) even with came with dessert, and cannolis no less. (there were other items on the menu...too numerous to mention. not sure if this place was a chain or not. i don't know of any other italian buffets around. italian is probably the most popular type of ethnic food, so a place like this just might do very well.
Candyee November 03, 2011 at 02:14 AM
.. "Margaritaville" !!
Will Mansi November 03, 2011 at 08:46 PM
From what I heard, Cafe 454 is going there. They are going to be similar to Spare Rib with a bar area and a local flavor. I think they are revovating inside right now.
Candyee November 03, 2011 at 08:49 PM
Woulf of been nice to have something other then steak , ribs , etc. Good location.
LisaW December 01, 2011 at 04:28 PM
Well, there is definitely action there this week. Christmas decorations are up outside, and I saw a carpet cleaning truck there. No signs though. Any idea?
Candyee December 01, 2011 at 04:31 PM
I guess we will know soon .
Laurie S. December 01, 2011 at 06:18 PM
There is movement there,Christmas lights etc. Cant wait to see what is going there.
LisaW December 01, 2011 at 08:59 PM
Its going to be Cafe 454- an upscale steakhouse. Same owners as AJ Maxwells in the city.
chefcristo December 02, 2011 at 12:32 AM
an upscale restaurant is just that: upscale, catering to those on expense accounts, eg, $12-13 for a glass of wine, not to mention a side of (greasy) french fries...an extra at most steak houses. a family-oriented place would be more suitable, but PLEASE, NOT A HUGE CHAIN
Laurie S. December 02, 2011 at 01:01 AM
Who can afford an upscale steakhouse???? Since Commack is so family friendly, it should be something you can afford to take family to.
Candyee December 02, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Not ANOTHER upscale steakhouse ! What ambiance , a shopping center !!!.Do we need more of these establishments? So boring and bland! There is so much more ethnic foods/restaurants . Manhattan has many .All we have here is steak/sushi. Isn t anyone else tired of it?
Candyee December 02, 2011 at 04:53 PM
RICK BAYLESS !! WE NEED YOU TO COME HERE TO LI AND OPEN UP PLACE HERE ..
Joel Blitzer December 02, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Camille, Having been to both Frontera Grill and Topolobampo in Chicago, I can say they are great. Frontera Grill is on my list of favorite restaurants. They are "upscale" and towards the higher price range. The food, service, and dining atmosphere are excellent. Rick Bayless is smart, he has stayed in Chicago and has not overexpanded all over the country. Many "celebrity chefs"allow their names to be used and aren't able to match the original product.
Candyee December 02, 2011 at 08:43 PM
If I were to visit Chicago , his places would be first on my list . Rick Bayless has opened a place in Los Angeles . We could do with some thing other then "upscales" steak and sushi . Seems everyone is jumping on the bandwagon .I enjoy variety in food . I cook the same way . Exception, I would love a Peter Lugers in area.
Joel Blitzer December 02, 2011 at 08:51 PM
You keep stating that people can't afford to eat out, but you are asking for Peter Luger? We won't be getting Bayless or Luger in Smithtown.
Candyee December 02, 2011 at 09:10 PM
We surely won't ever see places like that in Smithtown ... People say they can t eat out , I know many who can t ,that is why I keep stating that , yet the upscale places do well.Why? I have volunteered to cook for "soup kitchens' and believe me , they are packed .

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