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Business Beat: Food Truck Expands; Pizza Hut Joining New Dunkin'

Catch up on some of the biggest business headlines from the past week in northern and central Suffolk.

Miller Place-Rocky Point

Pizza Hut to Join New Dunkin Donuts in Mt. Sinai

After the Mt. Sinai White Castle suddenly closed down last October after 10 years in business, Dunkin Donuts quickly swooped in and after an interior remodeling and a coat of paint on the façade of the building on Route 25A, the donut and coffee shop opened its doors in January, complete with a drive-thru.

Meanwhile, a little commercial space buttressing the main building has remained vacant – with no sign of what’s to become of it. But, on Thursday, employees at the Dunkin Donuts confirmed that at least part of the space will soon become a Pizza Hut. (It was unclear if it will be a Pizza Hut Express, one of the chain’s smaller take-out restaurants rather than the full scale shop.)

Port Jefferson

Port Jefferson Station Food Truck Expands to Full-Service Restaurant

Over the last nine months, you may have passed the Time Out to Eat Indian and Mediterranean food truck driving on Route 347 in Port Jefferson Station.

What you may not know is that during that time, according to owner Lubna Habibi, the food truck has gained such a following that she decided to open a full-service restaurant with the same name in Selden on Middle Country Road.

The food truck, which sits between Old Town Road and Terryville Road in front of Habibi's permanent office that serves as a home base for the food truck, related catering business, and new restaurant, features an "express menu" of items $5 and under and takes telephone orders. Combined, Habibi said the truck serves as many as 200 people per day.

Commack

Mayfair's Restaurant Expansion Approved

Plans to build a space for a new restaurant in Commack's Mayfair Shopping Center are one step closer to becoming a reality.

Smithtown Board of Zoning Appeals approved a parking variance that will allow Levin Management to build an extension onto the Mayfair Shopping Center off Jericho Turnpike in Commack at its Jan. 22 meeting.

Smithtown

New Tenant Could Soon Take Over Vacant Wendy's

Doors never opened at Wendy's in Smithtown on West Jericho Turnpike near the Commack border, and while the eatery may never open there another tenant soon could.

Three Village:

Pets Warehouse to replace Fashion Bug in East Setauket

Long Island-based pet supply chain Pets Warehouse will soon open in the former Fashion Bug storefront in East Setauket, the company's management confirmed Wednesday.

The Fashion Bug sign was taken down by the end of last week and interior renovations for the new store are already under way. The Pets Warehouse management said it is targeting an open date between April 15 and May 1.

Jessie - TR January 29, 2013 at 07:08 AM
Pizza Hut and Dunkin Donuts in one convenient building? There is a heaven and it's in Mt. Sinai.

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