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Kitchen Closed at Plum Crazy [Empty in Kings Park]

The restaurant, which has been open just over a year, recently closed.

A little over a year after it opened,, on Pulaski Road, has recently shut its doors.

The eatery, a gourmet deli offering prepared foods to go as well as a small area for dining on the premises,

The restaurant’s Facebook page gave no indication that they had shuttered, but the owner of a neighboring business said the business had folded. Calls to the restaurant went unanswered.

Did you frequent Plum Crazy? Will you miss it? What would you like to see there?

nancy abrams April 26, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Unfortunately Key Food has most of Kings Park Senior Citizen population over a barrell.
LoveKP April 26, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Key food sells expired food all the time. And I don't just mean by a day or two- I had a friend buy spaghetti sauce there one and it was expired by four YEARS!!! Gross- someone should call news 12 in that place
Shelly April 26, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I moved her a couple of years ago, I am in my early 30's and can't get over how the town (main Street) is so out dated or the amount of vacant doors. Why is this? Why has'nt anyone updated Main Street except only for a few stores? Also I do have to aggree about Key Food- that supermarket is a mess and to be honest "Gross". I go to Smithtown or Commack also. I actually had to run in there yesterday for a few items and brought my 1 1/2 year old and almost all of the shopping cart seat buckles were broken. I hate going there. What do you mean that "most of Kings Park Senior Citizen population over a barrell"?
Nick April 26, 2012 at 05:15 PM
The fresh fruit idea is very cute and very unprofitable. Costs are way to high to be able to sell that much fruit in such a small town. It isn't the 1950s anymore. The businesses in this town pay a lot, but they are able to stay open (delis, etc) based on their loyal customer base. A coffee shop would be nice. Something like a Starbucks would be good for the town (especially since the location isn't far from the parkway), however they aren't franchised, and Starbucks is definitely not that stupid to put a place where there is no parking or access for a drive thru. Good luck.
Mike with the big blue jeep April 26, 2012 at 05:46 PM
where did you move from Sandy? Im also mid 30;s, moved into town 2 yrs ago. But I came here becuase Key Food reminds me of Happy Farms in huntingon, when I was 3. It looks EXACTLY the same, minus the rolller deal to move grocery bags like the old days. I would prefer no business to open, the buildings torn down, and trees planted. I plan on buying my neighbors houses, and tearing them down, We dont need business's, we need land. Regarding Fresh fruits n veggies, gardens people, then across the street from Plum, everyone meet up on the weekend and we can have a farmers market, locally grown all by us, for real prices. Like every other town not on Lond Island does. So far I have Potatoes, Beans, Carrots, and Melons(huhuh) that have sprouted. This town, is the perfect town for the people to take back, and let business's know we dont really need them, stop killing us on prices. Parking will never be available, it will always be a problem. Directly behind the whole strip are homes, if one of them was mine, no way im giving up a foot so people can park.....sorry. So, make the road smaller, or tear a few of them down for parking lots, theres just no other room. Nick, starbucks, cmon man!! How about mom n pop bucks, just done right. If plums food was acutally good, and had good service, with reasonable rent....it would still be there.
KPLifer April 26, 2012 at 05:54 PM
There were two coffee shops that opened and closed. There is plenty of parking. We have a LIRR lot and a municipal lot - You cant always park in front of the store you are shopping at. Have you noticed all the large folks?,. perhaps move all the parking at least a half a mile away so they can get some excersice. Land? We have more parkland than most towns anywhere. We have 1000 acres at the NRSP and a few thousand acres at Sunken Meadow. The landlord on main dont care - the state pay the section 8 rent. The plum could have made if they learned how to provide excellent customer service.
Jerry April 26, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Have you ever tried Pat's Marketplace down Pulaski? Corner of Larkfield and Pulaski? Best little supermarket in many aspects. Great Prices, and everything is always fresh...and the employees actually seem happy to work there. Its like a hidden gem!
Shelly April 26, 2012 at 07:00 PM
It's not that Key Food has the old feel of a supermarket from when you grew up, but it is gross! The floors are dirty, the shopping carts are dirty and the food is expried especially the fruits and vegetables. By the way Huntington has a great shopping area down in the Town, that is what I wish Kings Park had.
Chatch April 26, 2012 at 07:06 PM
How many chinese food and pizzerias can one town hold??
Kathleen Murphy April 26, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I've been saying that for ages! KP NEEDS a supermarket.
Kathleen Murphy April 26, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I'd call it extortion! They know they are the only game in town & price gouge at every opportunity!
Nick April 26, 2012 at 08:06 PM
"There is plenty of parking." Anyone in commercial real estate will tell you the exact opposite. Parking in front of a store is not plenty of parking. The stores in Key Food shopping center have plenty of parking. Perhaps one of the reasons for many of those businesses success.
Michelle B April 26, 2012 at 09:12 PM
They have a lot behind the store.
Concerned parent April 26, 2012 at 09:16 PM
they all do that---stop&shop is even worse
Concerned parent April 26, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Bad food plus bad service, how could they have not been successful?
Joe Mankuski April 26, 2012 at 09:31 PM
A bookstore coffeshop? A fruit stand? I dig the ideas but let's face it KP, a pizzeria or a bar. That's all KP supports.
Joe Mankuski April 26, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Oh wait... I almost forgot. A drug store!
I live in KP April 27, 2012 at 12:03 AM
would anyone think a teen clothing store would do well in KP....(club wear) under 20$...?
John J. Gallagher April 27, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I agree totally with Bob, Maryanne and Trudy.....right on ! .....This town is lucky to have you.
King Pedlar April 27, 2012 at 02:31 AM
My favorite stores in town: Yes, we finally have a long-awaited hardware store. I hope they thrive for years down the road. On Main St, a few favorites: Edelweiss Deli, Great Food & Service, Main Street Pizza (the best), Fisher of Books, always a fun place to browse and chat with Bill and Tom. We need Key Food, especially for people without cars. One just has to be vigilant looking at expiration dates. Good place in an emergency for all. Last, but not least, I love Raleigh's Poultry Farm on Indian Head Rd. Best eggs, natural foods and conversation with Kathy & Maura.
George McKnight April 27, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Talking about parking, the brilliant minds of our Town, County and State government just removed 3 more parking spaces from the coner of Church st. and Main st. They said that the spaces were needed for the turning lane at the light were there is NO TURN on RED. Yes keep pushing people further away from Town so we can soon look like the Bellport Outlets. JERKS
Jeanette Lush April 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM
I feel bad to see any business close up shop, Plum Crazy was great when it first opened, my kids always liked it and was a nice place for them to go. The owner was always nice and pleasant. I hope it doesn't stay vacant long.
Terrence Boddicker April 27, 2012 at 02:15 PM
I dunno Joe, we can maybe combine the supported business models of KP -- a pizzeria & bar, that includes a laundromat, deli, and nail salon.
John from Kings Park April 28, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Perfect place for an auto parts store...
JS April 28, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Thought I had found a solution to breakfast. Was a regular customer of Edelweiss Deli but seldom got the same price for the same order two weeks in a row. Plum Crazy was good. Then they decided to open at 7:00, after I needed to be at work. Guess sleeping in was more important than morning business.
Jim April 30, 2012 at 01:09 PM
The "NO PARKING" signs were always there until someone cut them down in the middle of the night!
CJ May 01, 2012 at 11:49 PM
If you're talking about the spots in the turning lane at the corner between the Realtor and the Library, I'm GLAD they finally did something about that. Especially considering the SUVS that block the lane parked there and clog up traffic. How neighborly of the towns local realtors. I know it's the employees that work there, seeing as there's vanity plates that proclaim "KP Realtor", etc. There's a lot about 1/2 a block away, and it's making the traffic lest congested. GET OVER IT.
CJ May 01, 2012 at 11:52 PM
I'd like to see a single person from any of these "Closed in KP" threads put their money where their mouth is and actually open a business in Kings Park. Ideas such as Fruit Stands, Coffee Shops, and other tried and failed businesses do nothing, and I don't understand the point of the same people parroting the same ideas to Patch constantly, when clearly they're not working here, and no one wants to invest the money into a redux of failed business plans.
Adastra32 August 17, 2012 at 02:21 PM
The suggestions are for entrepreneurs to consider. I am not a business owner, it is not my skill set, but I would spend my money at those businesses if they were in our town. I think people are just expressing what they would like to see in town to make it friendlier to spend time on Main Street. I remember The Brown Dog cafe ( I'm pretty sure that was the name), great idea, but again lacked a few modern essentials that maybe weren't available back then. Free WiFi keeps people in the establishment, buying more coffee, snacks, etc. Comfortable seating, music, etc all lend to keeping people there and spending. I would even like to see a nice Wine and Cheese establishment open around town. One that caters to an over 25 crowd, for drinks, cheese platters, board games, trivia games, general entertainment. Not another local bar, but a place couples could go, first dates, etc. to sit and talk, socialize. Just my thoughts....
King Pedlar August 17, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Kings Park used to have two stores in which I loved. But sadly they are gone and haven't been replaced: A printing press store and Mathes Auto Parts on Pulaski Rd. For any prospective entrepreneurs, Keep it small, low frills and not too glitzy like in the old days. My tastes, anyway. Oh yes, A bicycle shop sorely needed in town, especially the repair and restoration end of it. We had 2 shops in the past 40 years. George Quinn's place by the tracks. And Jimmy (now in Key Food) had a store across from the library. I'll bet the town would love it.

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