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Owner Cites Sandy Losses, Economy as Reasons Potter's Pub Will Shutter

Mike Amitrano said it was the hardest decision he had to make.

After serving the East Meadow community for 41 years, Potter's Pub will close its doors for good on Saturday evening.

Mike Amitrano, who has been the owner of the bar and eatery for 23 years, said that closing the business was one of the hardest choices he had to make.

"This has been a part of my life for a long time," he said. "This was not an easy decision."

Amitrano told the community that the eatery was closing in a Facebook announcement on Monday night.

The post read:

We're not happy campers :-( After 41 years of serving the East Meadow community we will be turning our lights off forever on Sat night. We want to thank everyone who has always supported us. We will sadly miss you all. Thanks for our 23 years.

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Amitrano cited "the economy" as the reason for the closure and said that after Hurricane Sandy he lost money in damaged products and equipment.

"That was the final factor," he said. "The insurance still did not come through."

Potter's Pub joins Hooters and Zorns as East Meadow mainstays that have shuttereed along Hempstead Turnpike in less that six months.

However, Amitrano said that he is in negotiations with parties that are interested in buying the business.

"Hopefully it will reopen soon," he said. "I hope they keep the name."

Nearby business owners said that they were upset to see Potter's close.

"It's very sad," Jonathan Aronson, owner of Mille Grazie Pizzeria said. "Mike is a really nice guy and it's sad to see someone go when it is not their choice."

Amitrano said that he will cherish all of the memories he had at the bar. He met Joyce, his wife of 14 years, at Potter's.

"There were so many good times here," he said.

He had a message for the East Meadow community:

"Thanks for all the great memories and being supportive," he said. "This is tough."

paul March 01, 2013 at 04:54 AM
To Brent M: I don't think Bill has enough computer time to do all the reposts. The sanitarium only permits him so much computer time a week... JUST SAYING... ;o)
paul March 01, 2013 at 04:49 PM
As I keep saying it is everywhere... Tax breaks and incentives. Believe me it works... http://greatneck.patch.com/articles/up-and-gone-noticeable-business-vacancies-in-great-neck?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001#video-13519347
paul March 02, 2013 at 01:18 AM
Update on Bill Aldermans bio on the Patch: "If you could change one thing about East Meadow what would that be?" The traffic.
EM March 02, 2013 at 02:21 AM
paul = keyboard warrior
paul March 02, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Great comment.... ROTFLMAO.. I love it. Thank you... Hmmm. Interesting comment from someone who has no other known comments.... Just saying...

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