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Nile Closes, Locals Debate What Business Should Follow

Residents and the East Meadow community speculate the reasons behind The Nile's recent closing and suggest ideas for new businesses.

Another East Meadow business has recently folded, and the restaurant formerly known as , is now another vacant storefront. 

Previously located in a strip of stores at 355 Newbridge Rd., the Greek and Mediterranean café was once managed by the local, Ibrahim Osman. Now neighbors and East Meadow residents wonder when the place closed down and why. 

East Meadow Chamber of Commerce President Millie Jones said The Nile’s owner had been a past Chamber member. Jones learned that The Nile was closed when she visited the strip and observed that other nearby stores had undergone name changes and changes in management. 

“I just happened to be in the area and notice,” said Jones. “I don’t think anybody was aware of the fact [that the Nile] was closing…It’s been [closed] at least a month.”

Jones believes many East Meadow residents will miss The Nile, however. 

“I know it was a popular restaurant,” she said.  “People loved their food.”

She hopes that the next business to take over the spot will remain community-oriented as well. 

“We would love to see a little boutique,” she stated. “We would love to see mom and pop stores opening up in East Meadow — we really don’t have many of those.”

Rick Oliveira, an East Meadow resident who works at , across the street from the defunct Nile, offered a different perspective on the restaurant’s closing. 

“Finances just weren’t making it there,” Oliveira said.

Owner Steve Messana added that he would like to see “something other than food. A bagel place would be good.”

Another local, Jai Mitchell, offered an alternative. In place of The Nile, he suggested “show business--entertainment.”

The door of the empty Nile building currently bears a “For Rent” sign, and its future has yet to be determined.

What would you like to see where the Nile once stood? Tell us in the comments.

paul July 12, 2012 at 11:50 PM
kristin pappas: You are preaching to the choir..... Sorry to hear you had a bad day. I know what will perk you up. How about a new pair of shoes.....???? ;o)
paul July 12, 2012 at 11:53 PM
As well as most, I am still waiting for Sonics next move. I am thinking positive..... You ain't seen nothing yet. A new business is preparing to open in East Meadow Plaza. If it is what I think it is it may not be a pretty sight. There are loopholes in the law when it comes to gambling and gaming establishments The name of the place will be "SWEEPSTAKES INTERNET CAFE"... If it is what I think it will be it may be turning heads. Since I am not certain exactly what it will be I will say I have a close eye on the situation. We will wait and see if it is a regular come on in and use the internet and have some coffee or "PAY TO PLAY" type of atmosphere. Time will tell...... I "BET" the TOH/BZA will approve that.... NO PUN INTENDED......
Emily Cappiello July 13, 2012 at 12:32 AM
The Nile closed? That's so sad! I used to go there for lunch with my buddies from my previous job! That guy was so nice, but was always offering us free dessert. Maybe that's what did him in....
paul July 13, 2012 at 12:44 AM
To Emily: ROTFLMAO. ;o)
ender wiggins July 13, 2012 at 12:45 AM
something other than food. A bagel place would be good.” really Steve? Really? Bagel aren't food? Man it's a good thing you know how to make a good pizza! Sorry lol
paul July 13, 2012 at 12:50 AM
I did not want to break his chops on that one.... You said it for me..... Gee, chops are food too...
Claudine July 13, 2012 at 02:35 AM
There are too many huge stores vacant all over hemp turnpike in levittown and east meadow. What should be done is incentives given to business's to open up and down our alleyway! Yes when kmart opened and all the rest traffic on the turnpike was horrible but there were jobs day and night shifts! So if some incentives were given wouldn't that be worth it cuz it might generate much needed employment in this area. And those employed would have more $$ to spend around their neighborhoods. I know if I had a part time job I would be spending more, like saving up to go on vacation, a new kitchen table, a new table for outside, much needed clothing for myself, nails, get my hair done more often and have it dyed at the salon instead of at home. So many more things I could do, but like many others, we lack jobs!
Karen July 13, 2012 at 03:05 AM
We need a weight control, vegetarian, health food restaurant. If a company like Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers opened a restaurant, it would do very well. Why haven't they thought of it? I am a Marketing Communications pro, so maybe that's why I thought of it first.
paul July 13, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Since you are a self proclaimed super genious. Rent or lease a location and open one...... There are always healthy choices in ALMOST ANY RESTAURANT.....
kristin pappas July 13, 2012 at 03:12 AM
@paul you succeeded in making me laugh, as usual. @Claudine...You are so sincere in your post ..our politicians need to hear from more people like you!!! You're so genuine. I applaud you! Thanks for sharing your words!
paul July 13, 2012 at 03:12 AM
and there are vegetarian locations within Nassau County and beyond...
mpin July 13, 2012 at 10:00 AM
The new restaurant at the corner of the that strip has changed three times in recent memory. I see the bakery there just changed their name. If you go a little further down the street there is the strip mall with the constantly changing/closing shops. The nightclub that closed down soon after it opened. Yet another bagel place has come and gone. Now there is a liquor store and a pawn shop. This is what our community has become. Empty space, "for rent" signs, failed businesses, no stability. No big name store or chain is going to commit to that area because it all looks like trash and the parking situation isn't great, either (I know there is parking behind the stores where the Nile was but it's super creepy and dirty back there). East Meadow just isn't what it used to be. Damn shame.
Rosalie July 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Well I spoke with the owner on the day he officially closed. I was calling to place an order and he said that he is CLOSING the business down! I was shocked and I said I was so sorry to hear the bad news. He was very happy to tell me that all was well because he was actually retiring. He said he was HAPPY and thanked me for my business!! Btw how about a Music Store. We could use one!
J July 13, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Where is this new japanese restaurant?
Frank T July 13, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Paul you should be a little more adventurous and support local businesses more often. The food was good and the owner was friendly.
Frank T July 13, 2012 at 02:02 PM
YUZU on East Meadow Ave? Where is the Peruvian Restaurant?
Bill Alderman July 13, 2012 at 03:44 PM
The New japanese restaurant is next to Moe's on Hempstead Turnpike called Sarku, the new Peruvian restaurant is across Hempsted Turnpike from there called Las Perlas and the new Dominican Restaurant is on East Meadow Ave called Sabroso. We have a New bakery on Newbridge Ave and We will have a new frozen yogurt store and more shortly. We need to stop beating a dead horse with Sonic and support these new (mom and pop) locations so they can thrive.The truth the fault actually lies with the landlords. If you actually look at Levittown and Bethpage there are much less vacant stores , because the landlords work with their tennants not in spite of them.
J July 13, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Yuzu has been around for like 2 years now. The opened right after I moved to East Meadow in March of 2010.
paul July 13, 2012 at 11:55 PM
http://www.change.org/petitions/sonic-drive-in-restaurant-for-east-meadow-is-the-right-choice-tell-the-town-of-hempstead-bza-they-got-it-all-wrong?utm_source=guides&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_summary
paul July 13, 2012 at 11:55 PM
http://www.change.org/petitions/sonic-drive-in-restaurant-for-east-meadow-is-the-right-choice-tell-the-town-of-hempstead-bza-they-got-it-all-wrong?utm_source=guides&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_summary
paul July 13, 2012 at 11:55 PM
http://www.change.org/petitions/sonic-drive-in-restaurant-for-east-meadow-is-the-right-choice-tell-the-town-of-hempstead-bza-they-got-it-all-wrong?utm_source=guides&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_summary
paul July 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM
To Bill Alderman: We need to stop beating a dead horse with Sonic???? Just so people know you were and still appear to be one of the nay sayers for the SONIC franchise to establish in the right town, in the right place, at the right time....... And by the way just so everyone knows, you were the one that presented a photo of a garbage bag at a Sonic meeting.. Your presentation was so laughable..
Bill Alderman July 16, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Yo Paulie Get your facts straight , Dude!!!! The fact is what you call laughable , is what others call Spot on. The fact is what you call as a nay sayer, is what others call protective.The fact is I never said I did not want Sonic in East Meadow. The fact is what I said was that" the way Sonic was proposed would not be right in that location" and I guess our BZA and the BZA of 2 other towns and other officials agreed that I was right . And all the petitions in the world will not change the facts. Time to move on and support those who are in our community, RIGHT now.
paul July 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM
To Bill Alderman: Yo Paulie???? Cyber Billy strikes again..... It is obvious you would not know a FACT if it was right in front of you You are so laughable....I am ROTFLMAO... Will you show up at another Sonic meeting with the same picture and have a drink in a Sonic cup enjoying a cold drink which you bought at the Deer Park location.... You cant have it both ways..... The BZA and TOH are filled with buffoons, maybe that is why you think they are soooo smart........ Laughable again Billy.....
Bill Alderman July 18, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Dearest Paulie It is amazing how wrongly opinionated you can be , especially wnen ignoring the facts. Why not get off the floor and look at what is in front of your face once in a while ? You know what is truly laughable???? How all you want is Sonic, find fault with others and choose not to support new East Meadow Eateries. But that is more sad than funny.
paul July 18, 2012 at 04:05 PM
To Cyber Billy: 1) You have no facts.... That is the FACT... 2) I only go to the places in East Meadow that have what I need etc..... That is the American way.... It is called Choice.... 3) You seem to think that because something is in East Meadow it has to be good. Wrong again... You must be small minded if you think that... 4) I have researched some of your comments and found that you live a fantasy of wanting people to think you only live and breathe East Meadow.... I guess you tell all the local businesses how good they are when they may not be... (do you also ask for an East Meadow discount. just asking) 5) I see where your involvement went with the Elite East Meadow civilian patrol.... South young man, South... 6) You were previously noted as saying that a particular new business opening in East Meadow is so great and fabulous when they only have one other location in some far away state... Guess you were there... As if you know anything about the company. 7) Bet you cant wait for the gambling location to open in East Meadow..... You will probably have more praise for that than you have had for Sonic due to personal selfishness..... I will let you digest this for now. After all it is from East Meadow so we know it is good.... Till later....
Michael Ganci (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Paul, please keep it civil. Thank you. MG
paul July 18, 2012 at 07:53 PM
To MG: Believe me it most certainly was..... 100 Percent...
Bill Alderman July 19, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Thanks MG I guess some people think that calling someone small minded, selfish, etc is being civil. I guess that depends on how you were raised as a child, and if you had proper parental influence or NOT. To Paul I do not know what you are talking about when you make false statements about me. But be advised that my involvement in the East Meadow Civilian Patrol is still on going and as strong as it ever was. And I currently patrol East, West, North ...and South
paul July 19, 2012 at 09:02 PM
To Cyber Billy: If you consider yourself small minded that is fine, we can all live with that fact If you consider yourself selfish that is a fact that you need to deal with. Not me... Are you certain that your involvement in the East Meadow Civilian Patrol has been on going? So you are telling everybody it was never curtailed, not one bit. Ever....???? Do you believe that?

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