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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.

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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