Zorn’s of Bellmore, a fixture in the neighborhood for 26 years, is closing and the property is being sold.
Peter Zorn, the owner of the popular restaurant and take-out eatery with the recognizable blue-and-white striped awning at 2495 Merrick Road, is retiring and moving out of the area. The store is slated to close on March 27.
Zorn’s sister Merrill continues to own the Zorn’s operation in Bethpage, where their grandfather Peter began selling turkeys out of a cement-block building on Hempstead Turnpike in 1940. At one time the family, led by their great grandfather Josef Zorn, who emigrated here from Germany in the 1920s, owned eight poultry farms on Long Island and one in New Jersey.
Bellmore-based MGD Investments is in contract to purchase the 3,500-square-foot building on .34 acres that housed Zorn’s of Bellmore. The new owner has been fielding interest from prospective national and regional tenants to lease the property.
MGD Investments principal Larry Weinberger, said he was interested in the Zorn’s property because MGD also owns the 6,000-square-foot commercial building next door at 2477 Merrick Road.
MGD is an active developer and property owner in the Bellmore area and Weinberger reports there’s been a lot of recent interest in businesses wanting to locate in the community.
“Although it’s sad to see such an iconic neighborhood establishment closing its doors, we hope to bring in another dynamic business that the community will embrace,” Weinberger told LIBN.