Denny's, George Martin 'Burger Place' Planned For RVC

New businesses continue to flood village.

The Village of Rockville Centre is slowly becoming the restaurant capital of Nassau County.

Denny's and an unnamed Italian restaurant are set to come to Rockville Centre, Mayor Francis Murray said last week.

While no date has been set, according to Murray's "State of the Village" address:

Denny's Restaurant and an Italian restaurant are in the process of acquiring a locating on Merrick Road where Harmon Discount was.

Harmon Discount closed in December 2011 after it could not reach an agreement on a new lease. The property is located at 298 Merrick Road.

The announcement comes during the same week when Murray said the RKO Twin Theater on Sunrise Highway would finally "come down" after seven years of vacancy and a restaurant called "Bonefish" could potentially replace it.

Murray also confirmed in his "State of the Village" that George Martin will be opening a burger place on N. Long Beach Road. The George Martin group already has two restaurants in the village: George Martin - The Original and Grillfire.

On top of the new businesses, an old business is also set to reopen in 2013. Pantry Diner, located at 525 Merrick Road, is currently rebuilding after a fire ripped through the establishment in November 2011. A sign in the window has confirmed that the diner will reopen in 2013.

In his "State of the Village," Murray also recapped the new businesses that opened in 2012. They include:

  • Kashi Restaurant, Sunrise Highway
  • Key Foods Supermarket, Sunrise Highway
  • Za Pizzeria, N. Park Avenue
  • Independence and Dignity Count, Sunrise Highway
  • Cross Fit Gym, N. Long Beach Road
  • Sceptre Tours, Sunrise Highway
  • Elements Therapeutic Massage, Sunrise Highway
  • 212 Sushi Lounge, Merrick Road
  • Oasis Hair Salon, Merrick Road
  • Heaven Can Wait, South Village Avenue
  • RVC Wine and Spirits, North Long Beach Road
Frank February 11, 2013 at 04:21 PM
catherine oconnell February 11, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Ugh! Denny's. Fake eggs!
Ray February 11, 2013 at 05:01 PM
And "where" are all these new restaurant patrons going to PARK ? ? ? ?
2EZENTERPRIZES February 11, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Love the job they are doing at Town Hall, two chains coming in Bonefish and Dennys. You guys STINK. -2ez
Jay February 11, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Terrible idea for many reasons. Try harder, RVC! We already have a really great diner. We already have a chain sandwich shop. We do not need Denny's. And the parking issue, of course...
Jeffrey A. Katz February 11, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Has work begun yet on the Pantry? They've had signs in their window for a while now indicating that they'd re-open, but I've had my doubts recently as there doesn't seem to be any signs of work going on yet.
Matthew Hogan February 11, 2013 at 06:29 PM
@Jeffrey A. Katz: According to the village "Pantry Diner is rebuilding." -- Matthew Hogan Associate Regional Editor Nassau County
Steve February 11, 2013 at 07:48 PM
i am so excited about Dennys! when is that going to open????
tommy O February 11, 2013 at 08:31 PM
The parking sucks in town weather the movie theatre of harmons were still open, if you dont mind walking you can find parking
A.F. February 11, 2013 at 08:45 PM
@ Steve - hope that's sarcasm.
A.F. February 11, 2013 at 08:47 PM
what's next? perhaps that other twin titan of American bad taste - Walmart's
Roger February 11, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Parking is terrible pretty much everywhere on Long Island, and what is wrong with chain restaurants? I think Manhasset is surviving pretty well with their IHOP and Garden City seems okay with all of the chain restaurants in that village!
Aida February 11, 2013 at 09:05 PM
No. No!! Please No!!
Roger February 11, 2013 at 09:06 PM
I understand the concerns here - Harmon Drugs really left high class/high taste shoes to fill! That was a completely first class establishment. Replacing a second rate card store with a nice diner is clearly going to destroy rvc!
TomH February 12, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Chain restaurants are fine...Denny's not so much.I think bonefish is great from hearing about how they are in other states. Better burger options would be welcome, and I think a chipotle would be a gold mine. Denny's won't be the end of the world I guess I just hope they did what td bank did and adjust for the poor parking.
LPW February 12, 2013 at 02:21 PM
I think Denny's opening in this town is a disgrace. Our town should be embarrassed ad our town officials should be replaced!
Craig Lombardo February 12, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Denny's will stand no chance against Golden Reef. And yet again, we have another example of opening a franchise near locally owned businesses. I guess we're trying to shut down the uniqueness this village is known for.
Frank February 12, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Being in Florida I can say there are many Denny's around.... and all of them stink... Many people around here go Cracker Barrel.
Pearse McCormack February 13, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Looking forward to Bonefish. It is a great place. If you like seasons 52 or what Houston's used to be than you will likeBonefish. This is the first location for Long Island. Denny's is another issue
Jabroni February 13, 2013 at 11:06 PM
dan the man February 28, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Everyone in rvc should shut up on this dennys thing. For all the talk about supporting local buisness, my freinds are closing a pizza place thats been around since 62' and the food is amazing. hypocrites.Welcome all.
joe thrapp February 28, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Dan, I'm sorry to hear about your friend closing his business. I wish someone from the Chamber or the Village reached out to help him. It is hypocritical to reach out to one business over another. I believe the Village should support a neighbor from 1962. Recently the Mayor talked about the new Denny's and Bonehead restaurants saying, "Parking is an issue in our village," he continued. "... This is retail area and I can't stop them by law." Here 's the scoop the RVC Zoning code states retail stores have required parking. He can’t require Restaurant’s and Fast food places to have required parking where they abut municipal parking. He could enforce parking restrictions on retail establishments. I know let’s build a parking garage, invite everyone on long island to park here and continue giving restaurants unlimited access to park in Municipal parking fields that abut their property where there is no room. Or enforce parking restrictions on retail establishments or change the RVC Zoning code to solve a problem and not create a bigger one. I'm sorry it's to late for your friend and eventually all the small restaurants will be chased out of RVC due to the Mayor not addressing the parking CRISIS.
Sara March 22, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Denny's??? Rockville Centre has some of the highest taxes on Long Island and the Mayor has approved a Low class establishment like Denny's to come in and destroy this town???? Was there no vote because I find it hard to believe that anyone paying village taxes on top of town taxes would ever approve a Denny's to come in. Time to move.
Jean August 01, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Do any of you remember when HomeDepot wanted to build by King Kullen? A petition went around and stopped the project. So! Why don't we do it for a Denny's???? I totally agree with Sara! I don't know how to start a petition. Suggestions anyone?


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