Potter's Pub to close its doors
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Richard Bivone, president of RMB Drafting, on East Meadow Avenue, and the Nassau chairman of the Long Island Business Council, said that added government regulations and increased taxes are taking a toll on small businesses. “Unless we change that, and create economic development,” he said, “it unfortunately appears that we’re going to see even more businesses closing, and that’s not good for the foundation of our economy.”
Norma Gonsalves, the presiding officer of the County Legislature and an East Meadow resident, said that the trend of business closings could have a devastating effect on homeowners. “The loss of small businesses means that the residential community is going to have to pick up the tab as far as taxes are concerned,” she said. “And that concerns me extremely.
“Store after store is being vacated,” Gonsalves continued, “and we’re at a loss as to what is happening and how we’re going to encourage business to come to the East Meadow community.”
Potter’s Pub once hosted weekly Kiwanis Club meetings as well as toy drives and other fundraisers to benefit the community. “It was a place that everybody would go,” said Bivone. “It’s disappointing because they have been an icon in our community for many years.”
“Mike and his family are wonderful people,” added Rome.
But the restaurant’s closing, Gonsalves said, is a reminder that residents need to support local businesses. “People have to realize something,” she said. “If it’s a legitimate business, then we should support it.”
“I’m very sad to see it go,” said Gallagher. “I wish I personally had visited there more. Maybe it would have made a difference.”