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Hooters Closes in East Meadow

An attorney for the company that owns the rights to Hooters franchises on Long Island said the location has been losing money for years.

Hempstead Turnpike has been plagued with another vacancy as the Hooters restaurant closed its doors abruptly Sunday evening.

On Wednesday afternoon, pedestrians looked on at the Hempstead Turnpike eatery in confusion as they saw handwritten closed signs on the entrance doors and the large Hooters sign covered.

Edward McCabe, an attorney for Strix Restaurant Group, which owns the franchise rights to Hooters locations on Long Island and Queens, said that the East Meadow business has been consistently losing money.

"The store has been in serious decline in East Meadow for several years," McCabe said. "The brand has become stale and the last two years it was losing substantial amounts of money."

McCabe said that the restaurant opened in East Meadow around 1995 and that the Nassau Coliseum was the main reason that the eatery was brought to East Meadow.

"The store was built because of the Nassau Coliseum, but now there are not as many shows there and the Islanders are not playing there anymore," he said. "That really hurt business."

Strix Restaurant Group owns the franchise rights to Hooters locations in Farmingdale, Fresh Meadows and Islandia. McCabe said that changes will be made to all three locations.

"The Hooters locations in Fresh Meadows and Farmingdale will be turned into a restaurant we started called Bud's Ale House and the location in Islandia will be called 58's because it is off of Exit 58 on the Long Island Expressway. The Hooters brand is just not selling on Long Island."

Millie Jones, president of the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce, said that the closing is unfortunate and that she wants to see more businesses open in East Meadow.

"There are so many vacancies right now and it is not helping East Meadow," she said. "I would love to see more mom and pop stores open and people supporting them more than they have before."

What do you think about Hooters closing in East Meadow? What do you think should fill the vacant property?

bill smith November 22, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Check out the Tilted Kilt website ...WOW
Slim January 24, 2013 at 03:34 PM
The brand didnt work because of lawsuits making them hire fat chicks and old ladies in an discrimination deal. Also didnt help that the food sucks and gives you diahrhea.
Brent M. January 28, 2013 at 12:50 PM
What about the fact that there was shady behind the scenes workings with one of the owners that caused Hooters of America to say, "hey stop it or you cant use our name" & they didnt stop.. so they closed the 3 Long Island shops owned by the same shady guy??? ...... Couldnt that be a cause also...?????
barbara petrillo March 03, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Yesssss Sonic!
Siobhan Stergis February 14, 2014 at 09:07 AM
What about a Bahama Breeze?? I think it would make a great retreat after concerts and events at Eisenhower Park, they have a great, island atmosphere, a wide variety of both American and worldly food. I've been to both the Orlnado, Fl and the Paramus, NJ locations with friends or family, and there wasn't a single time I was let down by the food quality and the service. I think it would thrive at the ex-Hooters location and I think it's a business we all should seriously consider. What better than to have an Island themed restaurant?

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