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Tell Us: Restaurants That Have Come And Gone in Port Washington

Which do you miss the most?

The restuarant business is a volatile industry. Many can't make it past the two-year mark.

But some restaurants that closed their doors enjoyed devoted followings. Think: JC's Clubhouse, Shanghai Pavillion and more.

Which leads to the question: which eatery from the past do you miss the most? Tell us in the comments.

jonathan winant July 19, 2012 at 08:51 AM
george Search your memory because Louie's is on Main street Lowwer Main Street to be correct.
Bryan Jay July 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Totally agree, but the burgers were good there too. The Turkish food was the best in our area!
Bryan Jay July 19, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Shanghai Pavilion had the best "Soup/Juicy Dumplings" I have had outside of the mainland. No other place compared. We were upset to see them close, as the food was a cut above the usual standard fare in town.
Bryan Jay July 19, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Yes, I miss the Clubhouse too. They had great food, great service, and of course the long time piano player, which I also miss.
Bryan Jay July 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Rib Roost had the BEST fried chicken, and the guy who ran it was very hands on. He used to run the concession stand down at Twin Rinks before that, I think.
Bryan Jay July 19, 2012 at 12:10 PM
They also had good food there. I had a birthday party for my wife about 6 months before they closed, and all of our guests raved about the food, which was delicious. The service was also great.
Bryan Jay July 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I think a good, authentic Korean restaurant would be a good addition, and also a good Indian/Pakistani/Afghan restaurant would be good. We had a good Afghan one for a while a couple of doors down from Starbucks. The food was good there,a and once the war started, they changed the name of the place, not sure if t had anything to do with their demise.
Chris Avazis July 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Virgil's use to play old Laurel and Hardy and Abbott and Costello movies - it was a good way to occuppy myself and my 4 brothers while we were waiting to be seated or waiting to get served. We needed a lot of occupying back then - no i-phones or i-pods.
Deborah B. July 19, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Definitely. Fresh veggies were used there. NO mini-corn cobs from a can.
Elaine Sands July 19, 2012 at 04:40 PM
We loved Virgil's and were so disappointed when it closed. Also, I miss The Barge. for great lobsters. Elaine
Kenn July 19, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I miss the WaterView in Manorhaven. The new place is not up to par! Also, The Indian Garden near the train was a very good and affordable place with very good Indian food, and a rather good buffet. No other buffets in town.
Vicki July 19, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I loved Ben and Jerry's too. My favorite restaurant had to be Rockin Sake. I loved the atmosphere and the food! It felt like going to NYC when we went there.
Art July 19, 2012 at 07:48 PM
The "Blue Bell" was the premier Italian restaurant located on lower Main Street. It burned down and was replaced by Jimmies Backyard. "Gus" Nuzzolese was the proprietor and Antoinette Tedde was the Chef. Joe DiMaggio, Toots Shore, Jackie Gleason all ate there. They could enjoy there meals without any interruption because Gus would see they weren't disturbed. Best Italian food on Long Island at that time
John Mangano July 19, 2012 at 08:05 PM
What a great place before school to go to get some food and see your friends.
John Mangano July 19, 2012 at 08:07 PM
lot's of good times there!!!!
jonathan winant July 19, 2012 at 09:35 PM
India Garden will trully be missed There must be some kind of idea which would let businesses help each other. Here's one idea feel free to offer others suggestions. Businesses should offer discounts when you patronize another business. For example Go to the movies and out to dinner show your movie stub for a discount on your taB. Maybe Frozen yogurt or ice cream discount with movie stub.
Jason Molinet July 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Celebrated my 22nd birthday at the Ground Round. RIP
Adina Genn (Editor) July 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM
The Ground Round over on Northern Blvd? I used to take my kids there for birthday parties!
Richard Sussman July 20, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I miss all these places. Nobody mentioned Deep Sea Dive? Probably worried about libel or some legal problems but I'd love to know the real reason each of them closed. I know many of them had to deal with divorces, partners not getting along etc. In other words they were doing well and didn't close because of lack of business or good food.
Barbara S July 20, 2012 at 02:16 PM
How about Campy's Beef Burgers on upper Main Street where the current Tai restaurant is. They had the best burgers and omlets in town. Also wonder how many people remember Augies Italian restaurant where the current Piccolo Liguria is on Shore Road or Aqua Manor that on Manorhaven Blvd.
Kevin July 20, 2012 at 05:29 PM
@ Geroge Mulligan - Mike Demars was located where Hickory Burgers is now it had been Mike Demars Italian Restaurant and then a topless bar where women danced topless for the money and then it became Hickory's - Demars had a huge foose-ball table it was a great place my parents took me here when I was a kid back in the 1960s
George Mulligan July 20, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Kevin, thank's for the response to my question.
Gloria Shima July 20, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Gloria The real original Louie's NOT the too expensive new one
Kevin July 20, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Did anyone patronize the Salem Inn a Topless Bars that was in Port Washington in the 1970s? And the other topless bar was where Hickorys is now and the Salem Inn located up near Uncle Guisuppes. I was just a kid my early teenage years a student at Weber Junior High School too young to go to any bar BUT when we would try to look in the windows to get a look at the dancers when going to the Port Deli the manager of the bar would come out and make us go away. Our community had 2 topless bars going in the 1970s - does anyone miss those topless bars?
Kevin July 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Many here in Port Washington are not aware of that our upscale community had 2 topless bars and a wild nightclub on Shore Road accross from Diwwan. The Bayview Hotel on Fith Ave for the downtrotten was a sad place. A set of social issues like addiction were here and Port Alert now Port Counseling Center was established. Over the years the topless bars and the nighclubts are gone. Welcomed has been Hadley House North Shore Unitrarian Unversilist Congregation and Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Cohen, Esq. who spearheaded this apartment house funding raising efforts for senior citizen housing on Fifth Ave where the Bayview had been.
Jennifer Scotto-Robinson July 21, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Just an FYI...The piano player from The Clubhouse, Vin Roddie, now plays piano at Mi Ranchito in Manorhaven. He's amazing and the food is great! We went for dinner on my kids' 3rd bday on St. Patrick's Day, and not only did he play a lot of kid songs for them, he allowed my father to sing with him. Yes, Mexican food on St. Pat's Day, with my dad singing Italian music! :) It was great!
Mark Novick July 24, 2012 at 04:56 PM
remember Aqua Manor?
Kim August 04, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Oh... the Bridge Restaurant... I lived in Port when I was a young girl. My sisters for the most part grew up there. My parents lived there and the surrounding areas most of their lives before we moved in 1971 (they are 85 and 89 now). We spent EVERY birthday at the Bridge. I loved Arlene the waitress. She would always sing "Danny Boy". We played an arcade bowling game that was in the front of the restaurant. GREAT memories. Can anyone tell me the actual address, or at least the street it was on so I can look at it on Google Maps. I think I remember it was kind of near Schreiber HS, but I was so young I can't quite remember.
George Mulligan August 05, 2012 at 12:51 AM
@Kim, The Bridge Restaurant was at 34 Willowdale Ave near the bridge over the railroad tracks. The address is now the location of Chez Noelle, a very upscale French Restaurant. My family used to do take out pizza from The Bridge when I was fairly young.
Marie Entwistle October 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM
I remember well Campy's! The pizza burgers, I never forgot - they were just the best. The owner, Campy used to come over and chat with my parents...they would joke about 'pinning your ears back' and putting us up in the chandeliers if us kids didn't behave well. Old school 'jokes' to get the kids to behave...I just remember being a bit nervous about all of that, impressionable young thing that I was in the 60s. The other place was the Chinese restaurant further down Main street, Shanghai's (?) where we learned to use chopsticks. and was always a treat to go to.

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