Houlihan's Pub Collects Dust, Spurs Sonic Debate [Empty in Smithtown]

Locals say drive-in restaurant should eye this vacant eyesore before pursuing plans to bulldoze grassy area.

As rising dissent began to take over the , a repeating question has emerged: Why isn't the vacant Houlihan's the target and not the last patch of grass on the built-out stretch of Route 25?

Right now, Houlihan's sits on the corner closest to the Middle Country Road and Moriches Road intersection in Lake Grove, directly across from the Smith Haven Mall Entrance. The location is in the DSW Plaza at Lake Grove shopping center with other thriving businesses, such as Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Lens Crafters and DSW. Houlihan's is woefully empty and surrounded by parking.

The desire for Smithtown-area locals to see the glut of vacant properties filled and restored before empty lots are plowed down is big in the area, also clear from the hundreds of comments we've seen on Patch tied to our reporting. And the Town of Smithtown has publicly said it hopes to draft plans that would help speed along the process of turning local blight into businesses full of life. But should laws be harsher?

Do you think developers must be made to target vacant properties before being allowed to plow undeveloped plots?

Let us know in the comments.

Neelia July 12, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I think long islanders need better hobbies than eating crap & getting drunk Is it any wonder everyone is fat & sick & need scooters to drive in Walmart?? How about another sports plus type place where people can gather to have fun & be active?? What's wrong with that? Dave & busters seems to be doing well!!
Mike August 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Chop Shop $5. burger is the best.
Billiam March 08, 2013 at 04:26 AM
All of you that comment on millers ale house are all f*cking ret@rded. It's bringing new jobs in the area & all of you are b!tching about the food and the wait. We heart nesconset you should double check your comment before you submit it. All of you can f*ck yourself including you Neelia. Long islanders are fat & sick. I work 2 jobs and still go to the gym; but I like to have a burger & a beer after a hard week of work. Go to hell
Nesconset Dude March 08, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Wow! Anyway, I checked both my comments and I'll resubmit both of them if you'd like. Billiam, you get the "Awesome Post of the Day" award.
Mike March 09, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Ahem, Billiam , someone needs a chill pill and a nap .


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