A project to create a new restaurant and catering venue in Eisenhower Park has received preliminary approval for economic incentives from the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. 

The $5.3 million project from Manhasset-based EGB Hospitality aims to renovate the building formerly occupied by the Carltun, which closed in 2022 after 27 years of operation. 

The new Grand Lannin venue, will have a restaurant called The Devereux, named for Eisenhower Park’s Red Course designer Devereux Emmet. Expected to open in May, the facility will include the restaurant, catering venue, outdoor patio, golf course concessions and a cigar club, according to an IDA statement. 

The county is hoping the new hospitality offering will help attract professional golf tournaments, as the last pro event was held at the Red Course in 2008. 

“The upgrades proposed at Eisenhower Park are exactly what is needed to make it a competing location to attract major golf tournaments and other events,” Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman said in the statement. “We’re excited to see this project come to fruition and look forward to the positive impact it will have on Nassau County and its residents.” 

The project is expected to create 20 construction-phase jobs, 30 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs within one year of completion and five additional FTE jobs within two years of completion with salaries ranging from $60,000 to $175,000 per year, according to the IDA statement. 

“The benefits of this project are difficult to overstate,” Nassau IDA Chairman Richard Kessel said in the statement. “Not only will it bring dozens of well-paying jobs to our residents, but it will also see a tremendous uptake in tourism and income to Nassau County. The NCIDA looks forward to this project’s next steps and bringing yearly professional golf events back to Long Island.” 

Elias Trahanas, partner of EGB Hospitality, said the priority for the Long Island-based company is bringing top-quality experiences to the community. 

“Located in the very center of Nassau County, Eisenhower Park is the perfect place for people inside and outside the community to come together, whether they attend a PGA event or want to enjoy a day golfing and dining with friends,” Trahanas said in the statement. “We could not have done this without assistance from the NCIDA, and we are grateful for the help they provided in making this project a reality.” 

Article: https://libn.com/2023/02/07/eisenhower-park-restaurant-project-getting-ida-incentives/

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