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Visions For Vacancies: La Grange Inn

West Islip Patch asks readers what new business they would like to see fill the empty catering hall on Montauk Highway.

The holds great meaning to many longtime West Islip residents. But the venerable catering hall now sits empty, as it has for much of the time over the past four years.

In the first of a continuing series “Visions for Vacancies” West Islip Patch will feature vacant storefronts and seek input from readers as to the type of business they would like to see fill the empty location.

Since a community meeting four years ago in which a Walgreens drug store and a refurbished La Grange was proposed for the site, there has been little action at the property with one notable exception.

In 2010, a trio of business partners reopened La Grange for a short time seeking to make a go of it as a catering facility. While the community was excited by the prospect of La Grange again being an active business and a place where local groups could hold fundraisers and residents could host a family party, those good feelings were short lived.

By the end of 2010 the catering hall was again closed.

Today, ringed by a chain link fence, La Grange sits quiet and many in the community wonder what the future holds for the property.

In the comments section below, let West Islip Patch know what your vision is for this vacancy.

Lisa Brenner September 03, 2012 at 01:39 AM
What about a holistic center with a book store, coffee shop etc. Something like the New York Open center. Offering different classes that heal the body, mind and spirit. Come and learn Yoga, Life Coaching, Visioning, meditation and more!
Emma Peel September 03, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Good idea regarding a coffee shop. Another thought...how about a Panera Bread? Those establishments are always packed with people. It would draw in the coffee and breakfast crowds, some on their way to Babylon train station, as well as cater to lunch and dinner patrons.
Diane Fontana October 09, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Bed and Breakfast
Kathleen Rotondo October 10, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I think Irene has a great idea, who would have to be contacted to get this idea off the ground? Someone should find out.
Mark Mastroianni February 28, 2013 at 02:43 PM
McDonald's should check out this property and consider it for restoration. They did an amazing job in New Hyde Park with the restoration of the Denton House on Jericho Turnpike. It is a historic landmark and is now a flagship McDonald's restaurant. It would be great to see the building restored to its original stature. MGM

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