Written by Chris Boyle Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00
Farmingdale’s Main Street is one step closer to aquiring a new eatery, after village trustees voted to approve permits for the upcoming Village Diner, scheduled to open next month on the site of the former Bollinger’s Family Restaurant, at 282 Main St.
The Village Diner will be a welcome addition to the business landscape of Farmingdale, said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.
“Originally, it was going to be called ‘The Town Diner,’ but because we wanted that village feel, we asked if they could change the name,” he said. “We like that home town feeling, and we’re looking forward to sitting down and eating some burgers and milkshakes there.”
At the first meeting of 2014, Village Diner owner Teddy Tsakos presented the board with an overall site plan, which included a permit request for additional seating for restaurant patrons. After receiving the board’s approval, Tsakos said he aims to open around Feb. 15, provided construction goes as planned.
“We are doing the whole inside...colors, everything are going to change, including the booths and seating arrangements,” he said. “Structurally, nothing is going to change...I don’t want to open up a can or worms there, but we’re going to move the booths and the counter around and overall, it’s going to be more homey. It’s going to feel like a whole new place.”
Tsakos affirmed that he has a long history in the food game, having been involved in the industry since he was just 14-years-old. Getting his start in Manhattan, Tsakos pursued a career in the restaurant business that ultimately led him to open his own place in Astoria, Queens.
“Mr. Tsakos has been in the restaurant field for many years,” said Village Administrator Brian Harty. “He has a great deal of experience and the village is looking forward to his diner opening.”
Before coming to Farmingdale, Tsakos had owned a place in Port Washington for 12 years and just recently left another place in Great Neck after staying open the past four years.
“I just sold that,” Tsakos said. “Now, I came here to Farmingdale, and I can’t wait to open.”
Mayor Ekstrand also made mention of The Dark Horse Tavern—a bar and grill establishment that has garnered popularity in Rockville Centre—which plans to take over the former Blimpies sandwich shop at 273 Main Street, directly across from The Library Café.
“Besides having a restaurant and a bar inside, they are going to have a 600 square foot beer garden in the outside,” he said. “They are submitting design plans for outside fencing and traffic patterns, and we’ll be discussing that in-depth at our February meeting.”
The Mayor also heralded the success of recent revitalization efforts in the village’s retail hub. As of March, Ekstrand said, there will only be three vacant storefronts left.
Plans were also unveiled that will add a long-needed left-turn lane at the intersection of Conklin and Main Street. Ekstrand said that parking will be altered to accommodate this vital feature, which he hopes will alleviate traffic congestion issues in the busy area.
“We are going to eliminate 16-to-20 parking spaces on the four corners, which will create a four-to-five car left-turn lane going each way,” he said. However, the precise date and time of the construction was not available as of press time.