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Moe's Southwest Grill to Fill Route 111 Vacancy

Construction workers expect renovations to be completed by July.

One of Smithtown's vacant storefronts will soon be filled by a southwest style eatery.

The former home to , located at 77 Route 111 near and , will be taken over by Moe's Southwest Grill, a Tex-Mex chain restaurant based in Atlanta known for its pop culture references in its menu.

A construction worker at the location Wednesday said construction began roughly three weeks ago and should be completed by July.

Moe's Southwest Grill is no stranger to the area; one at 60 Veterans Highway in the Target shopping center.

Moe's will join a crowded field of Mexican or Tex-Mex eateries in the Smithtown and Hauppauge area. Longstanding eateries include , and Salsa Salsa, . But newer eateries such as , a Tex-Mex eat-in and take out restaurant, and Vallarta Mexican Grill in Hauppauge, .

On the chain side, Moe's will join Chipotle, which operates a shop in Hauppauge, and Taco Bell in the area.

While some vacancies remain in the Uncle Guiseppe's shopping center, such as the that sits on the corner of the center, others have been recently filled. In November of 2011, took over one of the center's vacant storefronts.

melissa May 04, 2012 at 12:57 AM
a chase bank, the one from the meat farms shopping center will be moving there.
VT May 04, 2012 at 02:19 AM
There was supposed to be a 7-11 where the Mobil Station was and a bank where the Exxon was . I see construction where Mobil was , the site where the young boy was killed on his bicycle.. Do you work for Chase?
VT May 04, 2012 at 02:22 AM
I was told that an Arbys was to be built behind Walgreens . Lots of rumors go around ...
VT May 04, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Any relationship to Joe? He is fantastic ....what talent
VT May 04, 2012 at 02:29 AM
That's true,Never enough tex-mex..I have to say Baja Grill is fantastic, though, Have you been to the Commack location yet? Get fajitas over burrito .3 wraps, alot of chicken , etc ...I did not try quesadillas. Salsa bar ..smokey tomato is good.

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