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New Restaurant to Open in Former Kansas City Smokehouse

In the last year, two eateries have opened and closed in the property.

A new restaurant called Fuego Picante is set to open in the property that housed Kansas City Smokehouse at 2367 Hempstead Turnpike.

According to the new eatery's Facebook page, the restaurant will serve Mexican cuisine.

Kansas City Smokehouse was open at the location for around five months before it closed. It replaced RUB BBQ, which was also open for less than a year. The property is adjacent to a Pearle Vision and a vacant building that once housed a Prudential Real Estate.

Jitin Choudhry, owner of the nearby Blimpie, said he wishes that the business has better luck than the others.

"I hope it works for them because about four restaurants opened there before," he said. "We really don't have any good Mexican food around here, so it should be nice."

Do you think a new restaurant is a positive addition to the property? Tell us in the comments below.

Frank T February 26, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Margaritas Cafe which happens to be in East Meadow is a great mexican restaurant. Try that instead of wasting money of Fuego.
paul February 26, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Well said Frank. These commenters have no clue about their suroundings, albeit that was a comment made by the Blimpie owner who probably does not know East Meadow or its surroundings. However, the comment still holds true to the LONG ISLANDERS who live in a BUBBLE, that need a check up from the neck up...
TOM RUSSO February 26, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Margaritas is great, mango's in bethpage is also great.. This new resturant is the same owner as the last 4 that were at that location..The Singh Corporation is going to run it the same way as the other 4 failures..It will be open and shut within 6 months. I think it is suppose to be TEX MEX....
Steven Wagner February 26, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Margaritas has withstood the test of time.Great food and above all is reasonably priced.Always friendly also.
Susan February 26, 2013 at 05:29 PM
That spot is operated by Singh Hospitality and is used as a "test" spot for new restaurant concepts. There was an article in the one of the newspapers about this a few years ago. It should come as no surprise that the restaurants open and close more frequently than others as that is the purpose. Regardless of who is running the restaurant, it is certainly better to have a business open in that spot that another empty store. I think East Meadow is big enough for 2 Mexican restaurants. And to those who don't like the Singh's, then don't eat there. But remember that if you boycott the restaurant for that reason alone then all you're doing is hurting East Meadow in the long run.
Bill Kara February 26, 2013 at 06:17 PM
The restaurant of the month.....
Thegreatone February 26, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Maragaritas is great food, service, atmosphere etc. I will pass on any restaurant run by Singh food is overpriced and very average.
Brent M. February 26, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Over/Under is 6 months until it closes!!!
beth landers February 26, 2013 at 11:59 PM
And Singh also took over Christiano's in Syosset and is letting Schaudel "reinvent" it which means another high priced over the top chocolate bag idiot place that middle class can't afford to eat at. I remember when it was pancake cottage and that was pretty decent
Bill Alderman February 27, 2013 at 04:49 PM
The theory behind this seems to be a Tex Mex BBQ Restaurant. While Margaritas is great it has a long wait many times and choices seem different. It appeards that the fresh meat will be smoked and prepared there unlike Moe's ,Chipolte, Taco Joes and similar eateries. And I'm Surpised that Brent M and Paul aren't both standing on their soapboxes trying to exhume Sonic, while bashing residents and hopes for new business ideas.
paul February 27, 2013 at 05:01 PM
To Bill Alderman: Once again you are wrong. You are looking in the wrong story. http://eastmeadow.patch.com//articles/east-meadow-pathmark-to-close
Bill Alderman February 27, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Ohhhhhh, No need to point that out Paulie, I looked there and other places too ! And saw the same thing over and over and over ..... You with Nothing nice to say. You with Constant sprurts of attempted intimidation and cyber bullying and Brent M chiming in like a parrot sidekick.
paul February 27, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Thank you Cyber Billy, You proved my point again. You are still lacking any sign of intelligence....
Brent M. February 28, 2013 at 02:06 AM
Bill..Bill..Bill... we have been looking for you.. Mr. Anti-Sonic.. the traffic it will cause. east meadow doesnt need traffic.. NO SONIC>. .. well.. look at all the empty stores.. you have been awfully quiet... We have been calling you out about your ANTI-SONIC , " IM AGAINST SONIC>> NO SONIC>> EAST MEADOW DOESNT NEED SONIC"..... where you been hiding.. happy now ??
Jenn February 28, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Wow! He actually made an appearance! What has it been - a month?
paul February 28, 2013 at 03:55 AM
He will probably crawl back into his man cave and hibernate.......
Cookie February 28, 2013 at 02:46 PM
hey everyone! I had mentioned a while ago about someone opening an IHOP. I have yet to see one of those close down since i was a little girl. It is very family orientated. It brings everyone out to EAT at all hours of the day! It will bring jobs and children love to go out for pancakes! the nearest locations are: IHOP - Hicksville on Old Courntry Road, Freeport on Sunrise Hwy and West Hempstead on Hemp. Tpke. I only say this because of the Square Footage that is available in different areas of East Meadow............with HUGE parkinglots for the merchants. It's just a thought.
paul February 28, 2013 at 02:59 PM
To Cookie: So open up a franchise and good luck.... Everyone wants to spend everyone elses money....
Cookie February 28, 2013 at 07:15 PM
To Paul: No, Paul i am not looking to spend anyone elses money. It's just an Idea a Thought to throw out there to someone who might have the financial backing. I am not on here to bash or be rude to anyone. Nor do i talk down to people as if I am the rocket scientist with all the ideas. I am very open minded and HOPE that East Meadow keeps the Mom & Pop stores. It is a true shame when I drive past all of the EMPTY store fronts. I have worked in Brooklyn and Manhattan and it reminds me of certain area's as a young woman that went completely down hill.
Brent M. February 28, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Cookie.. its a good idea..but too many residents, and BILL ALDERMAN may think it will cause unecessary traffic so it would probably get shut down... IHOP in East Meadow would probably work best in the old Hooters building.. but thats wishfull thinking...
Frank T February 28, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Kate and Gary sent out a letter explaining the reason for shutting down Fuego Picante because it was advertised as a nightclub. "The property owner now says it does not plan to open a nightclub at that location and will continue to use the site as a restaurant". We shall see.
Brent M. February 28, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Make sure it is up to Building and Health codes.. can we request they check on the work??
paul March 01, 2013 at 04:47 AM
First, Kate should not have sent out that letter before all the facts are in. Who are these area misfits that cried to her as if they know anything. The town as a normal course of business issues permits for different reasons.. And establishments apply for permits too. HELLO... The place is not even open yet and the whiners are complaining.. Amazing... If and when they open we will see what they have as a restaurant... What the heck does the word NIGHTCLUB scare you.??? Are you kidding me because they may be open later after restaurant hours and have a dancing and bar crowd does that make it bad. Wow the whiners continue to complain.... WOW.... What if it was a restaurant and decided to rent it after regular customer hours for a party lets say a bachelor party or birthday. are you wimps going to cry also... You are all drinking the same kool aid... Please make an appointment with the family psychiatrist. You seem to need it...
paul March 01, 2013 at 04:49 AM
To Brent: That is the correct answer.. Someone else with common sense....
Margaret March 05, 2013 at 12:48 PM
I got that letter too - I think that was pretty dirty of Singh Hospitality to try to sneak a nightclub into our neighborhood without even holding a public hearing. We don't need another "now you see it now you don't restaurant" - did they ever consider asking the residents what type of establishment they would patronize? A family restaurant along the lines of Millers Ale House would be nice or a Bagel store/Cafe may work. I'm holding onto that letter from Kate and Gary-- I don't trust Singh Hospitality! Margaret F.
paul March 05, 2013 at 05:47 PM
To Margaret: "Singh Hospitality to try to sneak a nightclub into our neighborhood without even holding a public hearing" OK Margaret what is YOUR definition of a nightclub? Did you know that they did not even open yet? Did you know that Kate was way off base with sending out that letter? The letter was nothing more than a VOTE.... Useless and wasteful time, paper and postage. Did you get a letter about an Ice Skating Rink being built on parkland in Eisenhower Park? The answer is NO.... Want more info just ask. The new restaurant is small potatoes..... Clubs, bars, dancehall, night clubs: All they require are proper zoning and permits not necessarily an OK vote from YOU..
Brent M. March 05, 2013 at 09:50 PM
How big can the Nightclub be in that small of a stip mall? Im just curious
paul March 06, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Some East Meadow misfit heard and saw the words "NIGHTCLUB" and immediately went into panic mode... The TOH and Pit-bull Kate were informed and quickly stopped EVERYTHING. "as she stated in the useless letter'. Anyway, all that was needed to be done and it is part of the normal course of business is to inform the buildings dept regarding permitting and licenses. AND THAT IS IT.... NOT A USELESS LETTER FROM KATE.... Maybe she does not know that...
Linda Green March 09, 2013 at 01:14 AM
I would love to see an old fashioned retro family restaurant like Jahn's move into the area. For those of you who remember when, it used to be next to the old roller rink, on Hempstead Turnpike. They use to have really good pizza burgers and ice cream sundaes. If Fuego Picante is any good, I'd patronize it. Several neighbors complained about the service in the last few restaurants at that spot. The Singh group, just can't seem to find the right restaurant to fit this spot...maybe this one will work out. @Cookie, I think an IHOP on Hempstead Tpke., might be a good alternative to Friendly's. I'd love to see a Christmas Tree Store built where Pearl Paint use to be. There isn't one in Nassau County yet, it does very well in Suffolk at the outlets.

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