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Crave Shuts its Doors

The restaurant in Port Washington is closed for business.

Crave, the restaurant on Haven Avenue in Port Washington has shut its doors, according to a report in Newsday.

Known for its comfort food, the American-style restaurant opened in March 2013 and served seafood, steaks, burgers, sandwiches, brick-oven pizza, and salads. At times, the restaurant was standing room only, especially on popular karaoke nights.

A peek inside the eatery showed the seating pushed up against the windows, and the interior of the restaurant dismantled. Calls to the restaurant were not answered, though its website is still available.

The restaurant was once home to the Montebello, a family-style restaurant. 

Will you miss Crave? Tell us in the comments. 

Patrick Martone January 08, 2014 at 07:29 AM
No surprise that Crave is gone ...who will be the next victim of that location...
bob young January 08, 2014 at 07:57 AM
Perhaps the rent does not comport with a restaurants ability to generate profit at that location.
Sandy January 08, 2014 at 08:10 AM
Actually, being so close to the LIRR, it should be a great location and, having been there once, it was very nice and seemed well-attended. The restaurant business is tough and somewhat seasonal. It's true that if the rent is too high, new places are going to have a very hard time in that location because of it's size enad the taxes that must be rather high at this point. It may be that the Montebello family owned the building, but I don't know that. I wish the owners of Crave success in their next business venture.
Thomas Burg January 08, 2014 at 09:11 AM
I think it's more than the rent. The signage was just unattractive and cheapened the look of the place. Advertising happy hours beginning at 11am also comes across as desperate. The menu tried to be all things to all people as well. So it was kinda like "why bother." There must be a reason why that place is where restaurants go to die.
Jesse Conover January 08, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Never found the place interesting whatsoever
Jeff Schmidt January 08, 2014 at 12:28 PM
They ran a groupon recently - classless...
bob young January 08, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Jeff, how is competing for your business classless? That's what makes America and the free markets great. I assume you only go to restaurants where you have to beg to get a reservation, and then they treat you like poop, and then you come back begging for more abuse. Now that is classless.
sadeto January 08, 2014 at 01:07 PM
The same owners had a similarly named place in Great Neck that also closed, after at best mixed reviews. I think it's more than taxes and location, though the article fails to mention that another restaurant was there very briefly between Montebello and Crave, Haven Grill. Maybe it was the same owners.
RS January 09, 2014 at 02:41 AM
The Montebello's ran Haven Grill. They were even featured on the Food Network show "Restaurant Stakeout" where Uncle Jack's Willie Degel attempted to straighten them out. The episode was called "On Its Last Leg" and originally aired 11/21/2012. They closed shortly thereafter.
Jeff Schmidt January 09, 2014 at 01:30 PM
hey bob - thanks for telling everyone about me and everything I like. You really know me. Selling a credit to a business that is about to close is not competing for business, its a scam. They pocketed all that money knowing they werent going to have to provide the service. Is that how free markets work, genius? Think before you speak.
bob young January 09, 2014 at 01:55 PM
There is no recourse with groupon, if they sell you something that is worthless the next day?
Jeff Schmidt January 09, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Im trying to find out in the few minutes I have between waiting on long lines to get into pretentious restaurants and venues so I can be cool - but that wasn't my point. Everyone please read the whole thread so you understand my sarcasm, this sounds really bad on its own, ha.
bob young January 09, 2014 at 05:39 PM
Jeff it's really not that important
Stacey Mellus February 21, 2014 at 05:12 PM
Actually, Groupon will credit you when a business goes out and your purchase is still valid.

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