Hooters to Close in Islandia, Re-Open as 58's

An attorney for the company that owns the rights to Hooters franchises on Long Island said the location has been losing money for years.


Hooters in Islandia will be closing to give birth to a new restaurant. 

Edward McCabe, an attorney for Strix Restaurant Group, which owns the franchise rights to Hooters locations on Long Island and Queens, said he will be closing the East Meadow location and there that there will be changes made to the other Hooters locations - including Islandia. 

McCabe said Wednesday the East Meadow location has been consistently losing money. Pedestrians looked on at the Hempstead Turnpike eatery in confusion as they saw handwritten closed signs on the entrance doors and the large Hooters sign to East meadow covered. 

"The store has been in serious decline in East Meadow for several years," McCabe said. "The brand has become stale and the last two years it was losing substantial amounts of money."

McCabe said that the restaurant opened in East Meadow around 1995 and that the Nassau Coliseum was the main reason that the eatery was brought to East Meadow.

"The store was built because of the Nassau Coliseum, but now there are not as many shows there and the Islanders are not playing there anymore," he said. "That really hurt business."

Strix Restaurant Group owns the franchise rights to Hooters locations in Farmingdale, Fresh Meadows and Islandia. McCabe said that changes will be made to all three locations.

"The Hooters locations in Fresh Meadows and Farmingdale will be turned into a restaurant we started called Bud's Ale House and the location in Islandia will be called 58's because it is off of Exit 58 on the Long Island Expressway. The Hooters brand is just not selling on Long Island."

Stuart Johnson October 18, 2012 at 01:35 PM
chefcristo October 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM
win some, lose some!
Justin Time October 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Who cares.
jschrecko October 20, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Umm...other than the lockout, I'm pretty sure the Islanders are still playing at the Coliseum.
Jim Bennett October 20, 2012 at 04:11 PM
That's too bad. My wife and kids loved to go to Hooters. ;)
Justin Time October 20, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Who liked it more?
Big Dog Daddy October 21, 2012 at 09:22 PM
When it first opened Hooters served good pub food... it quickly declined as the owners got greedy and began to squeeze out profits by changing recipes... seriously downsized portions and destroyed quality... depending on just the "chicks" to bring in the business... When your restaurant fails look within and be honest with yourself... Blame everybody else and you are doomed to fail again.
wingman November 04, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Heard on the news that they were forced to close by Hooters themselves due to racially insensitive remarks by one of their waitresses in the Fresh Meadows location.
jayson November 16, 2012 at 05:49 PM
the greasy food and older hooter dogs is the reason i never went back jayson
jayson November 16, 2012 at 05:50 PM
olde hooter dogs are schenks i want the perky cheer leader type with tight buns and camel toe
Anthony v December 30, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Well to tell you the truth if for the past two years the new hire girls are Discussing / over weight and totally Unattractive the way this location was over 3 yrs ago was great your kitchen staff does not speak a word of English many if you stopped cutting corners you would be successful at this location this all comes to my mind after the new owner bough this location 2 yrs ago I think you should take a few classes on how to operate a Dining establishment hooters is a place for Attractive young women a place to eat wings and have a good time this has not been that all at hooters off exit 58 in over two years since new ownership has taken over the problem is owner ship ..many havering a few English speaking cooks in a kitchen would be a start also keeping the girls that care about Their appearance Owner ship should be Ashamed of them self and bud ale house won't last either because of you the owner
Anthony v December 30, 2012 at 10:51 PM
And I know all about this and have been the hooters location on ex 58 and know a lot of people that work there and the only blame is on kitchen staff some new Hired staff English helps when u put a order into the kitchen when some does not know the what well done is there is a problem
jeremiah bullfrog January 18, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Jesus Anthony, your spelling is as bad as those "non english speaking" people you mention
william wiebalck February 02, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Bill Weeb- the wings at hooters were getting smaller every day!


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