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Village Diner: One Step Closer To Reality

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. 

News

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

 

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647—or 8.8 percent. 

Village officials have teamed up with James Faith Entertainment—founders of the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue—to organize Farmingdale’s first ever two-day music festival, this September 13 and 14. 

 

“Farmingdale is another town that is starting to move forward,” festival producer Jim Faith told the Farmingdale Observer, last May. “[The inaugural festival] will be small, but we’ll start growing it... music festival always take a few years to catch on.” 

 

Faith said that when he first started the Great South Bay Music Festival, back in 2007, it too started small, growing little by little each year. For its inaugural year, Faith booked folk musician Richie

Havens to headline the event. Now, more than eight years later, the festival has featured numerous big name musicians, including: the Doobie Brothers, WAR, Billy Squier, Taking Back Sunday, moe., and Blues legend B.B. King, to name a few. 


Sports

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 

After more than a month of group play, on Aug. 16, fourteen teams went head-to-head for a shot at the 2014 Farmingdale Baseball League’s 9/11 Tournament Championship. Here are some highlights from Saturday’s championships. 

 

8U Finals

Long Island Rangers 8 - Farmingdale Greendogs 9


Calendar

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Artisan Market - August 23

Blood Drive - August 24


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