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.

Candace 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.
Candace 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 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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