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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."

Bill Neill February 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Sorry to see Potters close I met my wife there in 1976. Good Luck Mike in what ever is next. Thanks for all the good times. Bill and Barbara Neill
P.M. February 27, 2013 at 02:54 PM
I have visited and enjoyed this establishment twice. .. I always would drive by and day to myself I must get there again. .. Unfortunately. Did not. ..SORRY :( I KNOW EAST MEADOW WILL MISS POTTERS. ... My family and I will be there Thursday. .. The food , staff , everyone connected always a pleasure. Thank you for all the smiles you brought to my face and my family. .. Good Luck and if it is purchased ...I as well hope they keep the same name.....
Bill Alderman February 27, 2013 at 04:33 PM
This is a shame. My family and I have eaten there on a semi regular basis over the years and Always enjoys the service and food. The fact that Insurance companies are dragging their feet (especially to businesses) is apalling and hurtful. Potter's Pub will be sorely missed.
paul February 27, 2013 at 05:34 PM
I had a hunch this may occur: "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."
Bill Alderman February 27, 2013 at 08:55 PM
And I hope they keep up the quality of the food and the service that the name has earned and deserves
paul February 27, 2013 at 11:52 PM
To Bill Alderman: Yes me too I hope they have the same quality of food and service the name earned and deserves.. Bill, it is nothing more than a joint. I hope they have BETTER QUALITY AND SERVICE than it currently had.. See I am correct again... You really do know less than I thought...
Bill Alderman February 28, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Shame on you Paul " It is nothing more than a joint " Again an unnecessary dig , an uncalled for negative remark Which seems to be the only thing you know how to do . There is NOTHING correct in demeaning local businesses, residents and our area . Shame, shame , shame on you sir
paul February 28, 2013 at 05:48 PM
To Bill Alderman: I am sure you were waiting for this. Yes it is nothing more than a joint. Never said it was good or bad. But if you actually think that Potters is, or soon to be a was, class act you proved your point again. You have no class.... And I will say it again, if a new owner takes over I am sure they would want to proudly say: "they have BETTER QUALITY AND SERVICE than it had.." I guess you miss the point...
Brent M. February 28, 2013 at 08:31 PM
BILL!!!!! Can you re-post your famous Rants again about Sonic, the traffic, the pictures of other Sonic's garbage in Suffolk and NEW JERSEY and remind us all how NYC would come to East Meadow??? Please, stand proud of your postings and show us all how the empty stores now cause less traffic!!! oh wait, is this too much, are Paul and I BULLYING you .. bc we are calling you out on your posts???
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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