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La Grange Inn Closed...Again

For Sale Sign Hangs Above Main Entrance

Less than a year after its grand reopening was celebrated by numerous West Islip civic associations and local residents, La Grange once again sits empty.

Why the catering hall suddenly closed remains a mystery. None of the three partners involved in reopening La Grange earlier this year—Dennis Garren, David Rousso and Scott DiDonna— could be reached for comment. The phones and fax numbers have been disconnected, but its website is still live with no indication that La Grange has been closed. However, a "For Sale or Lease" sign currently hangs over the entrance.



When West Islip Patch visited the catering facility on Tuesday, a man was seen carrying stacks of plates from the kitchen to a van on the premises. While refusing to give his name, the man said he was an employee of the leasing company who was now trying to sell or lease the building to a new party. He made it clear that neither he nor his bosses could assist with any upcoming events that were previously booked at the Inn. The man stated the former proprietors were responsible for any refunds relating to whatever bookings were made as well.

A call by West Islip Patch to the number listed on the For Sale or Lease signed was answered by an individual who identified himself as Jack. He said the building was never purchased by the partners operating the La Grange and it is still owned by the La Grange Inn Corporation. At this time, Jack said he was trying to find a buyer or someone to lease the building for his client.



Derek Lundquist, of West Islip, was planning on having a party at the Inn's catering hall soon and was surprised to receive a letter in the mail from them, explaining they're no longer in business.

"We had scheduled (and signed a contract for) a communion celebration there last June, and we got a letter in the mail yesterday (Monday) saying that they are no longer operating as a restaurant or a catering hall," he said.  "We think we're going to be out our $500 deposit, and I'd imagine there are many others who are in the same boat."

Stay tuned to Patch regarding further updates regarding the Inn's closure.



xoxoxoxox December 02, 2010 at 03:01 PM
We had my son's wedding at La Grange this past summer. It breaks my heart to admit it was one of the worst weddings we have ever attended. The food was terrible, it was the first night the bartender had worked and the staff was poorly trained. Dinner rolls were left on the linen as there were no plates set. Food was cold and the highlights of the wedding (dances, cake cutting) was horribly mis-managed. . Noting was done to help eleviate the situtation even to the point of opening the doors. We were told the AC was broken and we could have died from the heat in the room Also attended a local fire department function held here back in September and again....one of the worst dinners I have ever attended. We were also told that night (about 5 weeks after our wedding) that the AC was broken.....it was not. One of the attendees turned it on and it worked fine. Apparently they just didnt want to run it in order to save money. It is not surprising that they are out of business.....
ELIZABETH HANLON December 03, 2010 at 01:14 AM
very sad about the LA GRANGE closing its doors. thats history there. a WEST ISLIP LANDMARK. I REMEMBER THE ORIGINAL OWNERS. THEY WERE WONDERFUL. WE HAD MY PARENTS 50TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY CATERED BY THEM AT MY PARENTS HOUSE ON EDMORE LANE NORTH. IT WAS OUTSTANDING ,SO SUPER. I HOPE AND PRAY SOMETHING GOOD BECOMES OF SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PLACE. THEY ALSO HAD AN UNBELIEVEABLE BUFFET FOR 10 DOLLARS. LETS HOPE FOR THE BEST. LONG LIVE THE LA GRAANGE FOREVER MORE !!!!!!!!!! i am elizabeth hanlon and i am proud to say i ve frequented the LA GRANGE many times.
Tim King December 03, 2010 at 06:36 AM
Not sure which 'Original Owners' you know Ms. Elizabeth Hanlon, given that the history of the La Grange goes back to the 1700's?! You are right though, it was outstanding, not anymore though. For now, I am more worried about Mr. Derek Lundquist, of West Islip, and more like him, getting his $500 deposit back!
Gary March December 04, 2010 at 07:00 PM
Willie and Herman were the best owners back when Captain Kangaroo frequented the place. Made the best manhattens ever. GTM class of "66" WIHS.
Christine Gottsch December 05, 2010 at 02:29 AM
My parents attended in the 1930's and they had good memories and we also had their 50th Wedding Anniversary dinner there in a private room upstairs. The prior owners served wonderful German fare and we often had family dinners at the Inn on a regular basis.
Joe December 06, 2010 at 02:12 PM
Taxes to high ,cost of doing business on LI are the reason only people who no nothing about the business would go into that business.The smart ones are waiting for things to change and when they do somebody with the know how will prosper there just how they have forever.That place needs capital and what bank would give capital to a failing business model.
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Eldora Haggerty May 19, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Eldora H I'm like Derek Lundquist, I also lost $500.00 to La Grange Inn. Those guys knew they were going out of business and took my money anyway. This was for my daughter's sweet 16, her birthday was February 14th. Do anyone know how to get these guys. I'd contacted the Attorney General. I need my money back. My daughter had a small sleep over because of this (it came out very nice). Please contact me at eldee1_1@yahoo.com if you know anything.

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