Genghis Khan Up For Sale [International Flavors of Smithtown]

Restaurant owner Eric Chang cites size, difficulties with town as reasons for putting his Korean BBQ restaurant on the market.

Main Street’s home for Korean barbecue, , could soon have new ownership after the current owner put the restaurant up for sale.

Eric Chang, owner of the location who opened up on Main Street six years ago, cited size of the restaurant as a factor in deciding to sell.

“It’s a little small for us, we have a tiny seating room … We are planning to move to a bigger place,” Chang said.

According to the business listing on MLSLI.com, the location is approximately 1,500 square feet in size, with 1,626 square feet available in parking. Laffey Fine Homes agent Melissa Chow listed the restaurant on MLSLI.com, and the asking price is $46,800.

Chang said he is looking to sell the restaurant to someone looking to keep the crux of the business the same, serving Korean cuisine to locals, and has a couple prospective buyers.

While Chang cited location size as a reason to sell, he also listed difficulties obtaining permits and the overall operation of the Town of Smithtown as reasons to leave, calling it “difficult.”

“This area is very difficult to get a permit for a new restaurant because the town is very strict,” he said.

Town Councilman Robert Creighton, , said he was unaware of Chang’s business being up for sale, and said Chang wanting to sell speaks directly to the problem Smithtown is facing.

“It [selling the restaurant] does personify some of the things that have happened here and that is what we’re trying to overcome … it’s never been brought to my attention, and maybe it should have been brought to our attention,” Creighton said.

The councilman stated in the phone interview that he would meet with Chang to see if the town could better accommodate his needs to keep him in business locally.

But in a subsequent phone interview, Creighton said he met with Chang and the restaurant owner had no problems with the town.

Creighton said Chang reitierted that the Smithtown space was too small.

News of Ghengis Kahn's sale comes after in the near future.

Joel Blitzer November 10, 2011 at 09:13 PM
Eric and his wife Christine are wonderful people. When eating at their restaurant, they make you feel like you are in their home. This will be great loss to the Smithtown dining landscape.
Jonathan Vecchi November 10, 2011 at 09:17 PM
It seems very clear to me that between the difficulties that Mr. Chang is having and the difficulties that the English pub is having are due to the same government, red tape, nonsense. How are we supposed to make Smithtown better and compete with other Main Streets on Long Island when government is making it so difficult. If we don't get rid of any of these hoops businesses have to jump through in the area, get ready for more "blighted [and empty] properties."
Henry Powderly (Editor) November 10, 2011 at 11:11 PM
Jonathan, thank you for your comment. I just want to clear up that we don't know yet if Cyrus Place's troubles are related to town policies. But if that is the case, we will definitely report it.
Darry Bilco November 11, 2011 at 02:28 AM
This is nothing new. Businesses for years have had trouble with the town. Remember the dilapidated building next to the old Sizzler that was renovated and modernized about ten years ago? After all that work in removing an eyesore, the town did nothing but badger the guy. I know of another business that wanted to take an abandoned building and replace it with a modern building to expand their business. The town refused to issue permits, etc unless the owner of the business agreed to reroute traffic from the business (negligible by the way) to a side street. The owner would have had to install a driveway from the business to the next street. Only problem was, the property that the owner was directed to install this driveay was not owned by the business. To this day, the building is vacant and derelict. And the town board swears they never hear of businesses having a tough time making a go of it. Some of the board members need to get out of their protective bubble and find out what's really going on.
Candyee November 11, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Jonathan, I feel the same. Most of Main St is a run down , eyesore. I have heard stories from other trying to open up businesses with in the Town of Smithtown , Many problems from the town .
Lee November 13, 2011 at 04:50 PM
I see not much has changed in the Town of Smithtown. Back in 1968 my mother owned a restaurant. The Board of Health told her she needed to upgrade the kitchen, understandably so. She applied for all the permits, etc, only to be brought into a town meeting, held like kangaroo court and told that since the building was historical, she would never be permitted to add on or renovate. Subsequently, she sold the property and the building was donated to the historical society. Now living out further east, I see the same thing here. Don't renovate, just keep building and building more strip malls and stores that no one can fill. When will Long Island towns learn?
Candyee November 13, 2011 at 04:55 PM
Smithtown is known to be one of the worst towns to deal with . I had a business in Town of Brookhaven, it was a horror with permits , DEC , etc ..NEVER again .
Sara January 23, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Don't you wish someone from the local government would read all of these comments and listen to the people who live in Smithtown. It is quite obvious what everyone wants, a lively main street to compete with Port Jeff and Huntington, yet no one wants to help. More businesses means more money coming in for the town. How dumb can they be?
Candyee January 23, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Yes , I do!! They all close there eyes and turn a deaf ear.. SICK of it
Jonathan Vecchi January 23, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I am currently in law school and taking a course in zoning law and land use. I keep thinking of Main Street and the possible reasons why things aren't moving as fast as they should be.
Candyee January 23, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Keep us informed on your findings . I find it all frustrating and wonder why the towm seems to does this to some and not others. Why do the discourage some businesses to open or expand on Main St and in shopping centers but not others.
Candyee January 23, 2012 at 10:47 PM
I am assuming Cyrus will never open . I guess that is because the building will be demolished so a "masonary store " will be built on the site and the former used car lot,.Makes one wonder.
Jonathan Vecchi January 23, 2012 at 11:10 PM
The Cyrus story is just so sad; particularly so because of how great the idea seems to be. As I understand it, the bathrooms will be torn down but the rest of the structure will stand. Of course, I would assume that a restaurant establishment would not be able to receive all its permits without restroom facilities. I get very aggravated when the Cyrus story comes up, either on here or with friends of mine who were waiting for it to open, so long ago.
Candyee January 23, 2012 at 11:28 PM
There are so many that were waiting for it to open , Once again, the town sells out . Main St does NOT need a "masonary store " ..I can bet it is "Harbor Freight"...What is the problem with Ghengis Khan expanding? Let napper tandy expand.
Jonathan Vecchi January 24, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I think the difference between the Napper Tandy expansion and Ghengis Khan is that Nappers expanded by taking on the existing property next door. Ghengis Khan wants to build additional space - which is a much more cumbersome process. As far as the Masonry store, it is an odd choice, but it is a step up from the empty building that currently exists. Plus, there is a masonry retail store down the road toward Commack called "Gappsi." If you have seen that building it is quite nice looking on the outside, and I hope that something even half that nice will replace the current building.
Candyee January 24, 2012 at 12:23 AM
We need a walkable Main st for resindents and visitors. A masonary store seems not to belong . it would be bringing in commercial traffic to area .I vision a beautiful small town feel Main st .Like Northport . Line with trees , flowers. I guess I am a dreamer .Must be from the ideas of my 60's generation .May I am a dream weaver .
Jonathan Vecchi January 24, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I agree, that is something that I would like to see also. We will have to wait and see what comes of these new plans the town seems to be toying with. Supposedly, they will be starting some changes come spring.
Candyee January 24, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I guess we will have to wait! Every year I walk on Main st on Smithtown Day and see more and more decay . Has to change , fast .
Jonathan Vecchi January 24, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Business owners have attempted to create restaurants that people would like, it is the town that is preventing things from happening. Cyrus is the perfect example. Furthermore, landlords are having a hard time finding tenants, especially in this market. It is not as simple as just coming up with a good product.
Peter Verry (Editor) January 24, 2012 at 07:16 PM
We're closing comments on this story for a bit, it seems to be getting off-track of the topic.


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