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Burgers Go Gourmet

The rapidly growing sustainable, fast-casual restaurant chain focused on gourmet, all-natural Angus beef burgers has opened in Woodbury.

The BurgerFi, at 8063 Jericho Tpke., in the Woodbury Marketplace shopping center, is the first of eight BurgerFi restaurants planned for Nassau County by  Brooklyn businessman Paul Lombardozzi.

The restaurant’s ribbon-cutting ceremony took place recently with Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Nassau Legis. Judy Jacobs participating. The eatery opened its doors to the public on June 14.

BurgerFi features a made-to-order menu of all-natural, farm-raised beef, specialty hot dogs, fresh-cut French fries, hand-cut onion rings, frozen custard desserts, natural cane sodas and craft beer and wine.

“BurgerFi is going change the way Long Islanders think about hamburgers with our farm-to-tray approach,” said Lombardozzi. “Our hamburgers offer the flavor and tenderness that diners have come to expect in a fine steak.”

BurgerFi burgers are made from all-natural Angus beef from cattle that are humanely raised, 100 percent antibiotic and hormone free, and sustainably farmed. Burgers are never frozen, never cooked in a microwave oven and are guaranteed fresh.

The made-to-order menu also includes a variety of specialty items, including Wagyu Kobe beef hot dogs, daily-prepared vegetarian quinoa burgers, hand cut fries and giant onion rings, a variety of specialty toppings, gluten-free options and frozen custards.

Each BurgerFi store is built according to environmentally sustainable best practices, and includes earth-friendly elements, like chairs that are made from recycled Coke bottles, tables made out of compressed recycled wood, and large fans that use 66 percent less electricity. BurgerFi maintains a low carbon footprint, and maintains strict recycling programs for oil, cardboard, bottles and cans.

News

Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


Sports

The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


Calendar

Jericho Wheelchair Basketball

January 17

Reality Check on America’s Economy, Health Care & Budget

January 17

Open Forum: Now What Do I Say?

January 21



Columns

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