Miller's Ale House To Take Over Grill 454

Former steakhouse would be demolished, new building constructed this spring.

Miller's Ale House is looking to take over the space occupied by the former Grill 454 in Commack, hoping to fill the desires of some local residents. 

Miller's Ale House went before Smithtown's Board of Zoning Appeals on Tuesday night seeking a special exception for outdoor dining and four variances to move forward with plans to demolish the former Grill 454 and construct a new restaurant off Veterans Highway and Sunken Meadow Parkway. 

The proposed Miller's Ale House would be 9,589 square feet and sit up to 328 diners, slightly smaller than Grill 454 that had 344 seats. The new restaurant's layout would include 850 feet of outdoor dining. 

This would be one of two new Miller's Ale House restaurants opening in the area, with a second location currently under construction in Lake Grove near Smith Haven Mall. Miller's Ale House currently has locations open in Deer Park and Levittown.

The restaurant received approval to move ahead with its plans, with conditions. David Flynn, Smithtown's assistant planning director, said the town wanted to place limits on exterior lighting so it doesn't impact nearby residents and prohibit any outdoor entertainment. 

Some Commack Patch readers suggested they'd like to see a Miller's Ale House take over Grill 454 after it closed suddenly on New Year's Day. It was in business only a year after taking over Charlie Brown Steakhouse. 

"I think a Miller's Ale House or Buffalo Wild Wings type place would be perfect here. A place families could bring kids or groups of friends could go hang out, watch sports and have some good wings/beers etc. This area is sorely lacking in that type of spot," writes Laura Perocier.

Several other residents agreed that Miller's Ale House would be a welcome addition to the Commack's dining options. 

"I know they said Miller's is opening one near the mall. Why not here too??? It's a great place, good food, cheap prices. It will blow Applebee's out of the water," commented J. Calabrese. 

J.R. Kyres, director of real estate for Miller's Alehouse restaurants, said the Florida-based chain was already in negotiations for the Commack location when Grill 454 closed. 

Steve Zanoni March 13, 2013 at 04:51 PM
awesome news.
paul cabrera March 13, 2013 at 05:04 PM
RM March 13, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Great news!! Commack has NOTHING to offer us in terms of a real good sports bar!! Millers has really good eats, too! Psyched!
Lorraine March 13, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Would have preferred a Texas Roadhouse.
Commack 18 March 13, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Great news! I can't wait.
roscoe March 13, 2013 at 11:37 PM
I also would have preferred Texas road House. Millers isn't bad but the food is only so so at best. the upside is it will be nice to finally have a place to catch a game. Still want a smokin al's in town.
David March 14, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Millers is so so at best. You say there is no good sports bar near Commack? Go try Hurricane Grill and Wings just 5 minutes from Commack in Hauppauge right on the LIE at exit 55. Great food, great service, great atmosphere with 20 TV's around the restaurant/bar so you can watch anything you chose and they have some wild crazy drinks at the bar you will love!! This place beats Buffalo Wild Wings , Millers, Applebees, TGI Fridays, Etc. Go and try it and you will not be dissappointed!!
MIchael Robbins March 14, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Bring back Hooters!!
gmarine March 14, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Millers is a great place for drinks but I dont think the food is very good. To me the food reminds me of Friendlys. Changing Times on Larkfield Rd is a great sports bar with decent food and a few months ago a Croxley Ales opened on Jericho in Smithtown. That place has great food and great beer along with many TVs.
Sydney March 14, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Just what this area needs..More crap food.
Dan Bod March 14, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Smokin' Al's should have opened there.
RM March 14, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Hahaha! I said no good sports bars in Commack and 3 people said I was wrong and mentioned sports bars in.... East Northport, Haupp. and Smithtown. Guess I stand corrected. Wonder if any of those people who commented would say they LIVE in those towns or say they live in almighty (overrated) Commack? $1.75 beers are back!! Go 'head and pay $6 for a Coors Light at your "Commack" sports bars! More beer at Miller's for the rest of us who GET IT!
pbug56 March 14, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Wonder how long it will last. Nothing about it interests me. Another bar and grill with sports. Like we've got nothing like it nearby...
JERC March 14, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Miller's is a great place. Good food, reasonably priced and great atmosphere. All you naysayers, like pbug56, name a place that is like Millers?
JERC March 14, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Order a salad.
JERC March 14, 2013 at 08:08 PM
You call Hurricane's a "sports bar"? Really? They are a "Wing" place that doesn't offer $.20 wings. For wings, I'd go to Croxley's in Smithtown over Hurricane's any day.
Jeff March 14, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Millers will be an outstanding addition!
Elby March 14, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Eh, Miller's is overrrated
Jeff March 14, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Overrated?? Don't go!!
joe p. March 15, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Can't wait, will be huge here.....anyone know when they plan on opening....maybe by the football season??
Elby March 15, 2013 at 07:40 PM
LOL I don't plan to go unless I have to :)
tara March 16, 2013 at 08:46 PM
not overly excited.. there is a miller's ale house in deer park.. why do we need another one so close by? I like the idea of a sports bar but would rather not have another chain restaurant here.
tara March 16, 2013 at 08:47 PM
totally agree!
lisa March 17, 2013 at 06:25 PM
I like this idea!
joe bishop March 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM
This restaurant is set back too far, can't see it doing better than the others that failed. Im sure it would be a bit pricey because ofSuch a big overhead, good luck though.
Justin Time March 18, 2013 at 11:49 AM
The compiling of all your negative and positive remarks is what makes a resturant a great place to go, and creates curiosity to those who have never been there. Great, free advertising for them..keep giving those comments!
Big_E March 28, 2013 at 02:47 AM
Hurricane is AWFUL. Been to the one in Syosset a couple of times. Absolutely horrible wings. After that we tried Millers and have been extremely happy.


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