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Biz Wrap: New Eatery, Anniversary Celebration, Vacancy Outlooks

A look at the local business landscape.

In a tough economy, local businesses are doing what they have to do to survive. 

As always, we posted some jobs available locally. Here's a look at some of the top business stories from the past week:
  • New Eatery to Open in Bellmore: A new eatery is on its way to town. Danny's Chinese Kitchen is set to open in the former La Pink building at 2370 Merrick Road this month. Owner Danny Antin said that the restaurant should be open in about three weeks. 
  • R.S. Jones Celebrates 20 Years in Merrick: Many gathered in R.S. Jones on Sunday evening and it was not for the eatery's popular Six Shooter, an entree of skirt steak and smashed potatoes. Loyal patrons enjoyed a night of music, food and fun at the restaurant's 20-year anniversary celebration on Sunday. 
  • No Serious Contenders for Former Bally Total Fitness Property: While there have been inquiries in the former Bally Total Fitness property, located near the corner of Division Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown, nothing appears imminent. The property, which sits next to Dawn Nail & Hair, is 22,500 square feet and it's also equipped with a full usable basement.
  • High Property Taxes on Former Hooters Property Scares Potential Tenants: The property formerly belonging to Hooters, located at 1714 Hempstead Turnpike, remains vacant. According to Doug Bomzer, the property broker from Sabre Real Estate, there's been plenty of interest. The stalling point is that the tenant would have to pay $120,000 per year in property taxes, which is about half the cost of rent.
  • Two Massapequa Restaurants Make Party List: Newsday's Explore LI makes the case that some restaurants aren't really all about food. Fair enough. This short list of four examples include two from Massapequa, so it's worth sharing.
  • Wantagh Avenue Vacancies Remain: Two empty storefronts, which sit side by side at 345 and 347 Wantagh Ave., are looking for tenants. The properties belonged to Mickey Lebrecht School of Dance and a tattoo parlor.

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