Route 111 Pizza Hut Goes Stale [Empty in Hauppauge]

Tell us what you would like to see replace the former red hut roof on Route 111 in Hauppauge.

It can be hard to find a parking spot at the busy Hauppauge Shopping Center during the day, as drivers resort to trailing behind customers heading back to their cars. 

Unless that parking spot is in front of an empty building.

It seems the former Pizza Hut building on Route 111, with its distinctive, weather-battered red hut roof, has become a de facto parking lot. 

The building has fallen into disrepair, boarded up and occasionally spray painted with graffitti since the national pizza chain closed its Hauppauge store location several years ago. But it's parking lot has seen plenty of use.

During Route 347's improvement project, New York State Department of Transportation has used it as an overnight parking lot for its construction vehicles. One person even parked their boat in front of the building during Hurricane Irene, safely away from the threat of falling trees.

The 3,337-square-foot building zoned for restaurant use has 44 parking spots. It was previously listed for sale or lease on Loopnet, but the listing has been removed.

What should be done here? What would you like to see?

Jonathan Vecchi October 19, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Maybe it should be an extension of the Branchenelli's shopping center. That way it can be still be used for potential restaurants and it can alleviate the traffic buildup that is created from people going in and out of the Branchenelli's parking lot as it would add another entrance/exit.
Sara Walsh (Editor) October 19, 2011 at 10:03 PM
Hi Jonathan, Do you think the fence should be knocked down and it made into one parking lot? Or are you suggesting the entire thing be reconfigured into one strip?
Christina Rieckehoff October 19, 2011 at 10:27 PM
I think a Chipoltes would be nice there !!!!!!!!!!!
Jonathan Vecchi October 19, 2011 at 11:09 PM
I think it would be advantageous to make one parking lot, while still being able to turn the old Pizza Hut into a restaurant or restaurants. The parking lot behind Pizza Hut is rather big if I recall. The old Blockbuster is another place that has been vacant for quite some time. The problem there is that it is such an odd building. What do you turn it into? It seems like the only thing that could go there would be some sort of office. Smithtown has been pursuing a "clean up" of old properties, by attempting to make people fix up their properties that are dilapidated. Perhaps, that is something we should consider.
ROBERT G October 20, 2011 at 12:51 PM
Jonathan Vecchi October 20, 2011 at 01:10 PM
I would love to see more open space; but, it is rare to find a private property owner who is willing to give up the commercial income potential of the property. Perhaps if the town wanted to buy the property from the owner. It would be really nice if where the old hospital was could be a small park. There is enough land there to make a nice dog park - get people out on the town.
Stuart Johnson October 20, 2011 at 02:01 PM
There seems to be plenty of places to eat in the area so maybe an Old Navy or something like that. That road can get pretty congested at times, it would be nice if the town looked at that.
Candyee October 20, 2011 at 02:38 PM
There was an application for a Chipolites a few yrs back . I am not sure what happened, but my feeling is the backed up and traffic from 3 PM on may have discouraged the owner.When Pizza Hut was built in mid 80's was much less trafific.May be if the parking lot next door was extended, it would encourage development
Stuart Johnson October 20, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Chipotle is a mile away at Motor Parkway Plaza.
Candyee October 20, 2011 at 04:05 PM
I am aware of that.. North Service rd .DD also there... Not going out of my way to get there..
We Heart Long Island October 20, 2011 at 05:01 PM
An orange roof Hojo's
Helen Klissas October 20, 2011 at 05:32 PM
It should be torn down to make way for an overpass to make the intersection with 347 really safe!
Sara Walsh (Editor) October 20, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Hi Robert and Jonathan, I've been told several years ago there were efforts to transform certain properties, like the abandoned United Auto Care, into public space. Does anyone know if this is true, and if, what happened to the movement? Was there someone leading it? - Sara Walsh, Hauppauge Patch Editor
Candyee October 20, 2011 at 07:03 PM
Tear it down! There is no way to safely get in and out during rush hour(s)
Candyee October 20, 2011 at 07:07 PM
Helen .. Pizza Hut , rt 111 and Townline Rd , not rt 111 and 347 .
HeyJoe October 20, 2011 at 09:28 PM
leave it as a monument to the death throes of capitalism
Candyee October 20, 2011 at 10:22 PM
It needs to go BUT can I have the boat? lol .
Christopher D'Antonio October 20, 2011 at 10:56 PM
I know that there was an attempt to turn the vacant parcel east of Moloney's Funeral Home into some form of public space in addition to the expected office uses, in the 1980s
Christopher D'Antonio October 20, 2011 at 11:37 PM
Just doing a casual survey of the existing businesses in our hamlet center, it doesn't seem like we need any more fast food places, being that Burger King seems to be struggling to survive. We have a grocery store, electronics store, hardware store and a craft store. Pharmacies, restaurants, banks, office buildings, bagel shops, pizza places, hair salons and pubs also populate our hamlet. I would suggest that a restaurant with an outdoor cafe move into the site as it could capitalize on the building's existing set-up for a restaurant use and the buildings position with a minimal setback from the front of the lot. It would also contribute to enhancing the pedestrian environment in Hauppauge.
Christopher D'Antonio October 20, 2011 at 11:39 PM
I would see the outdoor cafe pop out of the front or side of the building, and the restaurant could be one of a variety of cuisines.
Candyee October 20, 2011 at 11:43 PM
That would ony do well if possibly you could access it from Townline Road .The cement barrier between the parking lot and that site were opened. You know how traffic backs up on 111 during lunch and rush hour(s) . I don t see any of the businesses booming in that area, except Shop rite.I live about a mile or 2 away, and I only use that road only if I have no choice.
Christopher D'Antonio October 21, 2011 at 03:45 AM
If, (and it's a big if) you could move a portion of the traffic which head's to the stores in the center of Hauppauge to foot, bicycle, or even transit, then that might better allow the stores to boom, rather than the tepid state of existence they seem to endure presently. The center also lacks sewers which directly inhibits denser development, and most of the stores are arrayed in a fashion unfriendly to pedestrians. Why can't we keep the parking lots behind the shops, and lower the speed on 111 slightly so it becomes safer to cross and possible to locate stores closer to the sidewalk?
Chris October 21, 2011 at 09:17 PM
What about a CVS?
Candyee October 21, 2011 at 10:00 PM
Another CVS?There are 3 in area..Lot not large enough ... There are homes behind there . Let them have a say ! I was on 111 at 3 PM , north , made a right from Townline Rd on to 111 and came to a STOP! Traffic backed up ,already! I was only going as far as the entrance to the Shop Rite parking lot to go to Marburn.Went home 347 and that was backed up , not as bad as 111.. Does eveyone commenting here ,use 111 on a regular basis?
Candyee October 21, 2011 at 10:00 PM
BTW, the boat is gone .


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