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Car Smashes Into Game Master Grill

Storefront shuttered

A black Infiniti sedan slammed into Game Master Grill on Roslyn Road at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 29, mangling the storefront. Nassau County Police said the driver, who they did not identify, lost control of the vehicle traveling northbound.


Police did not charge the driver and no criminality was involved. No injuries were reported.


Owners Duane and David VanderWerf said they arrived at the scene between 8:30 and 9 a.m. The Mineola Village Building Department was on site to insepect the property, declaring no one should enter the premises until it was shored up, according to Duane. The Mineola Fire Department responded to the scene at 7:35 a.m., aiding county police.


VanderWerf could not estimate the cost of the damage, which would go through the landlord’s insurance. The owner of the property did not return calls for comment.


Construction crews were working on the building at around noon last Tuesday, July 30 with boarding and shoring completed around 7 p.m.


“By the time we were notifed and got over there, the entire accident was cleaned up and traffic was moving,” he said. “All I know is the car hit the building. No one was hurt in this accident, and for that we are very grateful.”


The duo opened the restaurant in September 2012. The brothers used to own another Mineola location, GameTable on Jericho Turnpike. Game Master Games, another piece of the VanderWerf empire, recently opened in Hicksville to rave reviews from the community.


Duane Vanderwerf said the Mineola store would remain closed until it is safe for customers. He could not offer a timetable as to when the grill would reopen.