While there were numerous businesses closing in Smithtown in 2012, there were more opening. Here are the stories of businesses that entered the town this year.
LA Fitness Fills Vacancy Waldbaums Left
The former home to Waldbaums on Main Street will soon be filled by LA Fitness. John Christodoulou, construction superintendent for Acadia Realty, said in January that interior demolition at the location started about three weeks earlier.
Japanese Restaurant Takes Former Kirin Hibachi Location
Japanese restaurant Kirin Hibachi recently vacated its St. James location, was filled by another Japanese restaurant, Sumou, back in January.
Inked Skin Replaces Stained Glass on Main Street
Main Street has one less vacant storefront as Liberty Tattoo Company took over the former home to Stained Glass Custom Design Showroom in February.
Nicky G's Pizzeria Returns After 8-Year Hiatus [International Flavors of Smithtown]
After selling the pizzeria roughly eight years ago, Nicky G’s has returned to St. James in the same spot on Lake Avenue it once occupied, bringing back the famed garlic knot pizza to locals.
Porcini Opens in the Former Attilio's Location
The doors at the former home to Attilio's Pizza & Grill on Terry Road in Smithtown were not closed for long as it is now under new ownership with a new name – Porcini.
Croxley's Ale House to Take Over Arthur Avenue
Arthur Avenue was replaced by Croxley's Ale House & Eatery, a process that began back in May.
St. James Pizzeria Under New Ownership
What was Frankie's Pizza at 600 Middle Country Road in St. James is now under new ownership and a brand new name – Lorenzo's Pizza.
Yogurtini Opens in August
Locals didn't have to wait long for the arrival of Yogurtini on Main Street as the self-serve frozen yogurt shop that offers 10 or more flavors in each store with a packed toppings bar opened in August.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe to Open in September
The cafe opened in the same shopping center as Sleepy's and Starbucks, nestled between the UPS Store and Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. A construction worker at the location said work began roughly took two months and the cafe would open by mid September.
Used Car Dealership to Take Over AutoHaus Vacancy
Certified HQ took over the vacant St. James storefront in September, located at 873 Middle Country Road, and according to a construction worker at the location, this is the first dealership opened by the ownership.