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Deli, Restaurant Owner Eyes Cork N' Board for New Malverne Business

Antonio Bove presents proposal to Malverne village officials.

Antonio Bove already owns two successful businesses in the village of Malverne, and now he's looking to open a third.

Walk along Hempstead Avenue and you'll see the first business Bove opened, , which is known for its delicious sandwiches, platters, meats and pastas. Futher up the road and across the street, there's , an upscale restaurant serving signature Italian dishes that Bove opened up in 2009 along with Marco Troiano.

Now, he's set his sights on 243 Hempstead Avenue, the site of the old restaurant, which closed its doors in February 2011 after more than three decades of service. The Cork N' Board was forced to close after the landlord of the building, who also owns the adjacent properties that house Nordon Drugs and Difference Chinese restaurant, nearly tripled his rent. The commerical property has sat vacant ever since.

As of November 2011, the owner of the 2,000 sq. ft. property, which includes a basement and central air conditioning, was asking for $4,400 in rent. Taxes are $30,000. (It's not known at this time what Bove would be paying.)

Bove presented his restaurant proposal to village officials on July 19 at a Special Exception Hearing, but no decision was made on the matter as the village needed to wait to hear what Nassau County's Planning Commission would decide since Hempstead Avenue is a county road, Trustee Michael Bailey explained at Wednesday's village board meeting.

The hearing on this restaurant proposal will most likely resume in September, Bailey said, explaining that residents who wish to comment on it will then have the opportunity to speak up.

When asked about the proposal, Bove told Patch that he'd be willing to talk about it after it gets approved. (The restaurant is rumored to be a wine and cheese bar.)

Between the in the old Tri Color building on Hempstead Avenue, which has been approved by the village and , and this new proposal, Bailey said, "We're becoming a restaurant capital." 

Are you excited about the prospect of this new restaurant? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section.

Clark Griswold August 02, 2012 at 03:22 PM
It would be great if Hempstead Ave became a 'Restaurant Row". The village needs to streamline the procedure for getting these things done though. It's absurd how long it is taking to get the eatery in the Tri Color Bldg. up and running. The justification for everything the village and the school board does is "property values". A business district with too many empty storefronts does not bode well for property values.
Courtney August 06, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Malverne has always been such a cute town. Why not help continue to build it's great reputation? Vacant spaces like Cork N Board and the Tri Color building, which have been left empty for years, really need to be filled. Not only is it a sad sight to see but it's unnecessary. Knowing that there are people who are willing to put businesses there and bring more to our community, but the village makes it into a neverending process, is frustrating. Anyone who has gone to Antonio's Deli knows that he's a great person who builds our community to be a better place.... why not let him continue to do that?

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