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michael 419 Jul 1, 2010 06:38 PM

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?

Thanks.

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

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    Shawn Jul 2, 2010 06:31 AM

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

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      owlwoman Jul 2, 2010 07:41 AM

      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. menton1 Jul 2, 2010 02:15 PM

      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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        PlasticMoonRain Jul 2, 2010 07:08 PM

        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.

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          menton1 Jul 3, 2010 03:48 PM

          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...

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            wincountrygirl Jul 3, 2010 07:41 PM

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

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              kaaaassss Jul 4, 2010 06:33 AM

              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.

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                anonymouse1935 Jul 4, 2010 07:44 AM

                Such a shame when reality meets the road.

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        susanjy Jul 5, 2010 08:02 PM

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

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          robbi22 Jul 7, 2010 05:51 PM

          I agree.

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

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            intrepid Jul 7, 2010 06:14 PM

            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

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              pabboy Jul 7, 2010 06:56 PM

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

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                wincountrygirl Jul 8, 2010 03:40 AM

                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.

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

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                  intrepid Jul 10, 2010 06:01 AM

                  again you miss the point...ciao

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                    anonymouse1935 Jul 10, 2010 06:54 AM

                    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.

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                      pabboy Jul 12, 2010 05:50 AM

                      I fully agree.

            2. menton1 Jul 10, 2010 08:38 AM

              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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                intrepid Jul 10, 2010 02:01 PM

                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

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                  menton1 Jul 10, 2010 02:53 PM

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

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                  wincountrygirl Jul 10, 2010 03:10 PM

                  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.

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                    winston1 Jul 12, 2010 06:07 AM

                    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?

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                      kaaaassss Jul 12, 2010 08:52 AM

                      Great marketing!!!!

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                        scarsdalesurprise Jul 12, 2010 02:40 PM

                        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.

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                        Fujinoya
                        26 S Central Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530

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                          anonymouse1935 Jul 12, 2010 04:14 PM

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

                          http://discounts.shopathome.com/disco...

                          TEHO.

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                            pabboy Jul 12, 2010 04:28 PM

                            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.

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                    Quill Aug 25, 2010 01:21 PM

                    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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                      selhal Aug 25, 2010 06:11 PM

                      Liz Johnson article in Journal News

                      Liz Johnson's blog in Journal News

                      http://food.lohudblogs.com/2010/08/16...

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                        lhodd Oct 27, 2010 07:47 AM

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

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                        Peter Luger
                        255 Northern Blvd, Great Neck, NY 11021

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                          kaaaassss Oct 27, 2010 07:59 AM

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

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                            EIF1lady Oct 29, 2010 03:51 PM

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

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