Sertinos Closing Final; Item Auction Set for Wednesday

The final date open was Oct. 28.

The final efforts to bring in a partner and save Sertinos Cafe have fallen through and the West Main Street eatery is now closed.

The official closing date was Oct. 28.

Owner Craig Lowenthal said after posting on Facebook that the location would be closing that two potential partners emerged and he would meet with them Oct. 26, the Friday before the scheduled Oct. 28 closing date.

Sertinos Manager Danielle Saeger said Monday afternoon that no partnership came to fruition and that items in the store would be auctioned off Wednesday. Registration for the auction is at 11:45 a.m., items being auctioned off could be seen at noon and the auction will begin at 1 p.m.

Sertinos opened on West Main Street in Smithtown to the public Aug. 14 of last year, the first location of the chain to be opened in New York.

Lowenthal could not be reached for comment by time of publication.

Christopher D'Antonio November 06, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Sadly, this is a sign that Smithtown's Main Street has more distance to travel in becoming a functioning downtown. I recommend looking to Somerville, NJ for inspiration, they have engaged in a number of exciting projects to grow and strengthen their downtown, in a location which is also a center of government and has diesel rail service from NJ Transit. A recap of what Somerville is doing can be found here: http://www.somervillenj.org/filestorage/140/October_2012_Council_Redevelopment__Presentation.pdf, Smithtown doesn't have quite the same redevelopment potential but could use to study Somerville's experience determining scale of development, network connections, and park and public space development.
Linda Deasy November 06, 2012 at 12:19 AM
It is a terrible shame that another business in Smithtown is closing.
Ducati11787 November 06, 2012 at 12:16 PM
You have to have something that folks want to go to.....unfortunately that wasnt it..... businesses come and go......plenty of others that found their niche and have and will survive......just because you build it, dosent mean people will flock to it......
Ducati11787 November 06, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Just an example - Villa Napoli's was once a staple of Smithtown that had great Pizza and food.....the owners sold it to another group and the quality of food was horrible and that was a compliment.....its now a vacant store front......the competition for Pizza (and really good pizza is strong).....for any food business, Smithtown has some good established resturants....you need to be on that level from day one, or stay home......simple
KL November 06, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Unfortunately, Smithtown does not seem to go for self serve restaurants, A serve yourself fish place (Southside Fish ) went the same way in Commack on Jericho.
Jacqueline Milo November 06, 2012 at 02:05 PM
It was truly a sad day when Sertino's closed. We found it to be a great spot to meet with friends, have something to eat and just sit and chat. The food was good and the atmosphere was welcoming. The problem was all the people who came and gathered but never ordered anything....we saw that all too frequently and it went on from the day they opened. Although Craig did not want to put up a sign that said"No outside food or drink allowed", in my opinion that may have helped the lack of sales column. Good luck Craig....you will definitely be missed by our family.
Jacqueline Milo November 06, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I think there are many people who like the serve yourself...especially under certain circumstances. McDonald's seems to flourish in whatever location they are. Southside Fish had awful food...that was their problem, not the self serve issue.
Howard November 06, 2012 at 02:51 PM
As I have said repeatedly, the Town of Smithtown refuses to invest in the downtown area and this is a result. Nobody comes to downtown Smithtown as a place to spend their time. Smithtown needs something downtown, I have suggested a park with permenant bandshell and weekly concerts. This would bring people into the downtown area to spend money at the downtown establishments. Unfortunately the town has rejected any such investment.
smithtownmom November 06, 2012 at 04:30 PM
its hard to have a "downtown" with family establishments that would encourage leisurely strolls through town combined with a nice shopping with cars travelling at high rates of speed just a few feet from pedestrians. If you look at any successful "main street" cars are kept at a low rate of speed.....Its not an inviting area to go shopping. This is truly a shame with all the empty storefronts - there's so much potential. Also, the town should encourage some brand name stores to open their businesses....GAP, a toy store, childrens clothing store, trader joes, etc.....
June Murray November 14, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Smithown would do very well if they set the town up like a real town. The big Shopping Centers they have take away from a town feel. The Shopping Centers should be converted into small cobblestone blocks, which would give the town a quaint look and be conducive to shopping.
vincent December 07, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Unfortunately this place was very "been there done that" almost a copycat of several restaurants mashed into one and done rather underpar. All this goes to show is that, to succeed one must be original and forward thinking.


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