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Varsity Grill Opens After Green Light From Village

Local eatery opens doors after complying with village requests.

After a brief shutdown for not being up to code, The Massapequa Varsity Grill has opened its doors.

Co-owner Louis "Bud" Ambrosio said said the business opened on Friday after receiving an OK from the Village.

The Village stepped in after it was determined that the business had not provided the documentation needed to open the business.

Both Ambrosio and Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna said the everything needed has been provided. 

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“The hold-up was compliance,” Altadonna said after Monday's Village Board meeting. “There were a few outstanding certificates that they needed to provide, and as soon as they provided them, we granted them a Certificate of Occupancy.”

Ambrosio said he met with the mayor and Village officials and said that they came to an "amicable agreement."

"I told [Mayor Altadonna] that he'd have everything he'd need in a week," Ambosio said. "I was able to do that on time."

Altadonna said that once everything was in order, the Village was only too happy to welcome a new business into the neighborhood; such a thing, he noted, benefits everyone involved.

 “Any time there’s a new business in our community, we wish them well, and we hope they do well...we’re hoping that it brings more people to Massapequa Park.”

Ambrosio said Friday was "a soft opening," saying "we're tweaking some menu items."

The co-owner says he expects to have an official opening sometime in February.

Meanwhile, the  Board also voted to refer a study of Village Parking Lot Number Three to the Planning Commission, with specific reference being paid to loading zones, fire zones, and the placement of dumpsters.

“Parking Lot Number Three is located behind The Buttered Bagel store and Varsity Grill on Merrick Road,” he said. “We’re going to look at it and try and clean it up a little bit, so we’re referring it to the Planning Commission.”

The Board also voted to give permission to the Massapequa International Little League to conduct their annual Opening day Parade through the Village on Saturday, April 13.

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ed January 29, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Why would anyone open a small business in an incorporated village?
Franken Harpo January 30, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Ambrosio said Friday was "a soft opening," saying "we're tweaking some menu items." --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tweaking the menu? Sounds like he was never really ready to open in the first place and was just trying to blame the village. Maybe his investors were leaning on him. Next they will be blaming the suppliers, sanitation, LIPA and the hired help. Another one bites the dust, eh?
JPS January 30, 2013 at 01:43 PM
You want to bring more people to Massapapequa Park? How about lowering the ridiculous property taxes??
Dick Blair January 30, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Yep, just like Wal-mart brought more people to Massapequa Park. Great idea.
tommy January 30, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Harpo! What is your position? Are you PRO-government and Anti- Free Market?
jean g January 30, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Well varsity grill will probably do great located next to the Massapequa HS with open campus. But it's funny to read that we welcome small businesses because I still remember poor smokin Al's trying to stay open and all that commotion. Poor guy had to spend a fortune and he still has one of the busiest Massapequa restaurants on a weekend whenever I pass.
bob gee January 30, 2013 at 06:45 PM
get rid of the village and all its dead beat employees. big savings
Alfredo Cajones January 30, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Frankenstein Harpo if that is your real name is a total jackass
Sky Soldier 82 January 31, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Franken Harpo - do you for the town or Town bagel? Why such venom. Driving traffic to a new store is art not science. Give the guy some time before you pronounce him dead.
Sbrownie January 31, 2013 at 02:00 AM
try to do something abt the 10 dollar cheeseburger
Franken Harpo January 31, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Venom? The guy illegally opens the place and then complains to the world about the village because he was held accountable. He went public with his endless whining and alot of folks told him to stuff it. He should have kept his mouth shut, eh?
Franken Harpo January 31, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Stop whining.
Lou pace February 01, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Hey harpo(lol) leave your negativity for your wife how would you know he blabbed his mouth??? Your a liar and a basher... Wonder who you really are hmmmm...
Lou pace February 01, 2013 at 03:20 AM
I went today they weren't $10 maybe lowered them great place!!
Sky Soldier 82 February 03, 2013 at 04:45 PM
I took my family in Saturday evening to to try the Varsity Grill. Four entrees, four sodas and one milkshake was $52 plus tip. The average price of an entree is $10 plus $2 for a drink. The quality was much better than a McDonald's, Kritche's or All American but just on par with a diner. I would say that Five guys makes a better burger, however the menu at VG is far more extensive. The service was good, there seemed to be more kids working than what is actually needed to run the place. I hope they do well and drop their pricing thirty percent. $52 for a hamburger diner for four just seems a tad too high from a value for the money perspective.
Sky Soldier 82 February 03, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Franken Harpo 8:40 am on Thursday, January 31, 2013 Venom? The guy illegally opens the place and then complains to the world about the village because he was held accountable. He went public with his endless whining and alot of folks told him to stuff it. He should have kept his mouth shut, eh? Simple question. Do you work for the Village, the town or any other Municipality?
Franken Harpo February 03, 2013 at 05:32 PM
You capitalize the word 'village', do not capitalize the word 'town' and then capitalize 'municipality'. Here is a simple question for you. Do you write on walls?
Franken Harpo February 03, 2013 at 05:41 PM
No parking...$52 for a hamburger dinner...$2 soft drinks? Sounds like the Jim Beam suite at Yankee Stadium...they have $13 hamburgers but FREE all you drink self-serve soft drinks, free popcorn and free peanuts. No wonder there is such a high failure rate on small businesses.
Sky Soldier 82 February 04, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Fraken Harpo Thanks for pointing out a typo. Do you work for the Village, the Town or any other Municipality? Now will you answer the question?
Dick Blair February 17, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Reported for vulgarity...violation of the Patch guidelines. BTW, how many parking tickets did you get? Do you follow any rules? And please stop whining. Thank you.

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