Tell Us: 'Cursed' Business Locations Nearby

Is there a storefront in your neighborhood that can't seem to keep their doors open?

An East Meadow restaurant met a sad but familiar fate and shut their doors after opening a business at a reportedly cursed location.

Fuego Picante, a relatively new restaurant in East Meadow, closed their doors just shy of their one-year anniversary of opening their Hempstead Turnpike location.

"We know that this is a tough location and we are hoping it does well," General Manager Michael Landesberg told Patch when they opened in March. "Singh Hospitality owns about 10 restaurants on Long Island and we have been doing this for 25 years."

Landesberg reported a "very busy" inaugural period after they opening and said they had a "good start" with lots of positive feedback.

Despite their best efforts, they couldn't overcome the cursed location.

You can call it jinxed,” company owner Harendra Singh, of Singh Hospitality group, told Newsday after the closing. “You can call it a bad location. It certainly didn’t work out for us.”

What spots in our towns have a difficult time staying open? What businesses surprised you when they shut their doors? How can a business get over a "jinxed" location and draw a good following of consumers in the neighborhood? Tell us in the comments below.

Jim Burdge February 21, 2014 at 05:29 PM
The downtown Syosset most recent location of Toast & Tapas. Although that restaurant and several others in that location have had great food and even at times live entertainment, more than half a dozen have failed since we moved to Syosset 18 years ago.
Rich Tomanelli February 21, 2014 at 05:48 PM
Any business between 901 and 999 franklin avenue!
EM Resident February 21, 2014 at 06:06 PM
Is there truth to the rumor that this is a testing ground for the singh hospitality group and never really meant to have one permanent restaurant? Sure seems to be true!
Anna Kahn February 21, 2014 at 06:37 PM
There's no such thing as a jinxed location, if you sell crap, you'll close. Just look at Main Street in port washington..aside from Gino's and Carlos, they're all crap.
Stacey Peltz February 21, 2014 at 07:29 PM
Main Street in Port Washington does have its problems, but as far as "they're all crap," that's just not true. As for restaurants on or near Main Street, I can name at least a dozen that have thrived these past few years: Frank's, Aki, Gino's, Yamaguchi (which met a fiery, but hopefully not permanent closure), the Port Washington Diner, Bistro Etcetera, Haven Diner, Aiko, Bonsai, iDiner, New Garden, Wild Honey, Finn MacCools, Toscannini, Mojito, etc. There are also retail businesses that have been around for years, all on or very close to Main Street. Alper's just celebrated a major anniversary (75 years). Brothers All has been on Main for as long as I can remember. What about the bakeries? Port supports at least three. Multiple clothing and shoe stores continue to operate profitably, even through tough times. And, there are how many liquor stores, pharmacies, coffee shops, phone stores, cleaners, jewelry stores, furniture stores, delis, and stationery stores. I can go on and on. Yes, there are more closed storefronts than anyone wants to see, but with any luck, they, too, will open and owners will find prosperity. You are too quick to comment. One last note, Carlo's does have the best pizza in town.
J February 21, 2014 at 07:46 PM
it has been reported that this is a "testing ground" as EMResident said above. I think that is absolute B__L S__T and i have said that before somewhere on the internet. It costs way to much money to shut down and renovate a restaurant. I think according to Singh above he even sort of proves that this reporting is _UL_ _HI_ because if it was a "testing ground" then why would it have to work out. They would be closing it anyway just to renovate it and put in a new restaurant at some point, even if it was super successful.
kohl kutz February 22, 2014 at 07:36 AM
The location isn't cursed, it's the management. Singh and cast of idiots have zero business operating a restaurant or any other service business... what an embarrassment... watch, he has the knack for ruining a good thing
kohl kutz February 22, 2014 at 07:37 AM
and their manager Michael is a complete putz
port wash sports February 22, 2014 at 08:09 AM
in port Washington big jinx on haven ave crave just closed ... nothing can stay in business in this location also look at all the empty retail space on main street this town has no good parking .. maybe we should look how Huntington does it and patchogue does it they seem to thrive with many business that are doing well day and night our time is bad for foot traffic and the parking situation scares people away .. agressive meter maids looking to write up tickets as soon as you leave your car ..
Thomas Miceli February 22, 2014 at 11:17 AM
John (god rest his soul) was a great owner and manager of Arthur Avenue in East Meadow. He had a great run there. The Singh groups's management leaves a lot to be desired and that is why they have been failing there.
Lisa February 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM
I have been to two of the restaurants that Singh's group has put in that location & they were horrible, beautifully designed but the food was awful. So I didn't want to bother with the Mexican restaurant especially since there is already an awesome Mexican restaurant in east meadow, Margaritas. So if that group puts another restaurant, I doubt I would bother going.
tcatrainer February 22, 2014 at 01:11 PM
4160 Austin Blvd Island Park, NY 11558 https://www.google.com/maps/@40.607935,-73.64758,3a,75y,286.1h,89.33t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sv4U5dDCTN-Ed3TvOmALcxg!2e0 Busy road It has bee about at least 4 different restaurants in the last 10 years most recently closed: Mama something? previously Stone Turtle a sports bar something else probably something else I actually went in many years ago. Decor was nice. food not so great.
Hamburger February 22, 2014 at 01:48 PM
The Singh group are my friends. I don't want to hear any more bad things said about them in this thread
bryontreece February 22, 2014 at 01:48 PM
tcatrainer...that is exactly what came to mind when I saw this headline. I don't know what it is with that place. The location is great & there's plenty of space for parking.
Dale from Farmingdale February 22, 2014 at 02:52 PM
I had an excellent experience at Fuego Picante for my birthday in October. Used a Groupon and found the staff and food to be excellent.
kohl kutz February 22, 2014 at 05:23 PM
singh is an embarrassment. worst restaurant operator ever. his manager Michael is a complete ass and a sorry excuse for a human being
Hamburger February 22, 2014 at 06:38 PM
You will not say such things of the Singhs, and by the way, Michael told me he has an even worse opinion of you
kohl kutz February 22, 2014 at 06:59 PM
hamburger is none other them Michael the loser manager... did you get paid this week? or is your master singh still holding out? I heard Gordon Ramsey is making a best of featuring you from the Mixing bowl episode.....lolololololoool....
kohl kutz February 22, 2014 at 07:04 PM
buying off local officials but can't pay your employees... singh is disgusting http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bill-de-blasio-eats-fast-food-eatery-owners-cash-article-1.1443228
Hamburger February 22, 2014 at 11:31 PM
I overheard in the bakery the other day that this kohl cuts guy was gonna start saying some bad things about sing.
Sam Livingston February 23, 2014 at 08:20 AM
Lynbrook has one such location where the last tenant was Charlie Browns. Scratton Ave & Union Avenue has had so many different places besides the CB's including the Union Inn, Scratton Inn, Kings Castle, Kurts American, Lino's and quite a few others.
Mimi Lamberson February 23, 2014 at 08:26 AM
4160 Austin Boulevard in Island Park is a prime example. I have lived in this area for 10 years and that restaurant has been at least five or six different types of eatery. Sadly, none has succeeded. Would love to see something permanent there, maybe family owned and a new and exciting type of cuisine.....!
Penquin February 23, 2014 at 01:39 PM
Is Charlie Brown's gone? Sorry to hear that.
Benny Gamal February 23, 2014 at 08:38 PM
Is there a new restaurant in Charlie Browns, or is it a bank?
AImee February 23, 2014 at 09:16 PM
Tcatrainer that was the exact location I thought of when I saw the title of the article. I swear it is an Indian burial ground that is built on, but I heard that the kitchen is too small. If The Spare Rib can't do well there they are doomed.
Jeff Adam February 24, 2014 at 09:49 AM
Another tough location is Manorhaven Blvd, in Port Washington. It's hard for various retailers, but one particular spot was a restaurant a few times, including high-end Italian then Cuban. Location is nice - right across from the town park/pool, and near to the marinas - yet it can't seem to stay in business. I think it would be fine as a moderate, family oriented spot with comfort foods and seasonal entrees.
Chris February 24, 2014 at 12:59 PM
4160 Austin Bv Isl Pk is on Zoning mtg to make it a laundromat ? Anyone hear this ?
LS February 24, 2014 at 01:16 PM
Hey, Hamburger, Singh may be your friend but that doesn't mean they can't be criticized. If people think they're poor managers, they're entitled to say so.
Frank T February 26, 2014 at 09:24 AM
The Singh group just closed Christianos in Syosset. It seems that everything they touch turns to crap.
Hamburger March 30, 2014 at 08:48 AM
No - you don't criticize Singh


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