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Jul 1, 2010 06:38 PM

Mighty Joe Young's Hartsdale/White Plains, NY closed??

Anyone have information regarding Mighty Joe Young's in Hartsdale/White Plains, NY being closed? The sign on the door says "sorry we're closed" with the windows covered in newspapers. The phone just rings and rings, no answering machine recording. Meanwhile, all the lights are on outside in the patio area and the umbrellas, tables and chairs are still out. Renovation? Vacation? Out of Business?


Mighty Joe Young's
610 W Hartsdale Rd, White Plains, NY 10607

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  1. I had always wondered how they had stayed open all these years.

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    1. re: Shawn

      I was wondering too, on the drive home from the train station the past few nights the parking lot has been empty and the place looks very empty.

    2. Too bad, they had a nice burger and a great outdoor patio. Oh well. Tough times for business, especially restaurants. Folks are eating in.

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      1. re: menton1

        If "folks are eating in," then this board wouldn't exist.

        I'm sure the restaurant ran its course, the lease was up, or any other number of reasons that dining establishments close after being around a long time.

        Let's hope it's replaced by a quality and interesting restaurant.

        1. re: PlasticMoonRain

          Yes, most restaurants close because the net profit is smaller than the expenses...

          Latest stats by Restaurant Business Magazine say that 38% more meal choices by consumers are at home, than for the same quarter the previous year...

          1. re: menton1

            They changed chefs, changed menu, raised prices............ bye bye

            1. re: wincountrygirl

              It's getting harder for these large venues to keep alive. Many of the recent ones were over ambitious and believed the hype that White Plains was the new "Manhattan" . Antipasti, Soma are just a couple of examples. We shall how long Cabo lasts.

              1. re: kaaaassss

                Such a shame when reality meets the road.

      2. Closed. And not soon enough. Was like eating in a salt mine. Hoping something good takes the space.

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        1. re: susanjy

          I agree.

          Mighty Joe Young's
          610 W Hartsdale Rd, White Plains, NY 10607

          1. re: robbi22

            hey you guys seem to take pleasure in this business failing...i did not like the food, nor the place itself, but people are trying to make a living, perhaps with families, perhaps with people who depend on this restaurant and all its employees, perhaps to pay their rent and eat....think about that

            1. re: intrepid

              Maybe they should've served better food then all those people would still be employed?

              1. re: pabboy

                The food was terrific when they first opened. The chef that was there at the time is now the chef/owner of the Terrace Club in Mahopac. Too bad they let the place run down so badly. it is a shame for all those it employed.

                The Terrace Club
                825 South Lake Blvd., Mahopac, NY 10541

                1. re: pabboy

                  again you miss the point...ciao

                  1. re: pabboy

                    pabboy, outside of the fact that people are out of work, I can't say I miss seeing them close. I never went there, not once, and found the food at the mother ship to be less than even good.

                    As you say, have good food (at a minimum) with decent portions at human prices, and hopefully you'll stick around in this economy. The days of arrogance in the restaurant biz are over, thank goodness.

            2. To say that quality was the reason they closed is not the whole story. Lots of good restaurants close, and lots of bad restaurants persist for years. Lots of factors involved. Charlie Brown's, anyone?

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              1. re: menton1

                accurate point menton1...but i also agree, food was bad, place was bad, but my point was there seem to be rejoice that this place went out of business, with disregards for people and fmailies who now will struggle even harder in this current environment...i dont wishfor any restaurant or restaurant worker...thats my point..not the food, and not the prices...its an unfortunate american cultural thing to cheer and celebrate when something or someone fails... i dont get it..and i never will

                1. re: intrepid

                  I agree with you completely, intrepid. And, actually, the place had a great patio and a half-decent burger. Certainly beats Olive Garden!!

                2. re: menton1

                  Charlie Brown's is relatively inexpensive for this area. Plus, salad bars are bid draws. Case in point - we met my folks at the Yonkers one last week. It was walker city. The place is dirty and packed. Mighty Joe's had gotten very expensive over the years.

                  1. re: wincountrygirl

                    Have you tried to get into one of the chains in WP? The Cheesecake Factory, Outback, and PF Changs have all the biz they can handle. Great food? Great prices? Great service? Or is it just Great Marketing?

                      1. re: anonymouse1935

                        I have no idea whether or not Banzai will be any good at all, and I'm a huge fan of Fujinoya. However, as a resident of Central Ave, I hate the thought of that big building being built and then failing leaving another empty shell. Perhaps they will be good - per the website there is only one other location, so not a huge chain.

                        26 S Central Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530

                        1. re: scarsdalesurprise

                          Actually, it looks like they are on this site as a 'sponsored link' hawking their coupons, which is not an auspicious start imo.



                          1. re: scarsdalesurprise

                            No self respecting Japanese will ever name their establishment Bazai or have hibachi tables It's guaranteed to be a Chinese, Taiwanese or Korean run joint.

                  2. I live close enough that M. J. Young's should have been our local restaurant but the food had gotten so bad and expensive that we'd drive much further for a good meal. One brunch we were served featured eggs with uncooked whites and bacon that had barely met the skillet. Took my niece there because they used to have grilled octopus and good mussels, her faves. The manager said these items were "too expensive" to serve anymore yet many local restaurants were offering all you can eat mussels for a decent price. So they deserve to go.

                    I passed there this evening and the construction is taking on a Japanese look, so maybe it is another Japanese steakhouse.

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                    1. re: Quill

                      Liz Johnson article in Journal News

                      Liz Johnson's blog in Journal News


                      1. re: Quill

                        Supposedly, Benjamins Steakhouse is coming in. The owners are from from the famous Peter Luger steakhouse, so I am told.

                        Peter Luger
                        255 Northern Blvd, Great Neck, NY 11021

                        1. re: lhodd

                          Benjamin's Steakhouse opened up last Friday. The owners are formerly from Peter Lugars.

                          1. re: kaaaassss

                            Has anyone tried Benjamin's yet? I am waiting for some chowhounders to review it.