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Pizza Hut to Join New Dunkin Donuts in Mt. Sinai

Additional vacancy in same building to be filled as well, according to employees.

After the Mt. Sinai White Castle suddenly closed down last October after 10 years in business, Dunkin Donuts quickly swooped in and after an interior remodeling and a coat of paint on the façade of the building on Route 25A, the donut and coffee shop opened its doors in January, complete with a drive-thru.

Meanwhile, a little commercial space buttressing the main building has remained vacant – with no sign of what’s to become of it. But, on Thursday, employees at the Dunkin Donuts confirmed that at least part of the space will soon become a Pizza Hut. (It was unclear if it will be a Pizza Hut Express, one of the chain’s smaller take-out restaurants rather than the full scale shop.)

The employees also said that the space consists of two separate units and one might be reserved for a future, as-yet-unnamed retail location.

The original announcement of a Dunkin Donuts replacing White Castle caused a stir among readers.

“Just what we all need another Dunkin Donuts,” commented Jennifer Napolitano.

But a commenter who only went by the name of K thought it was a good idea and didn’t think others who were concerned about traffic should be worried.

“People drive by that spot regardless of what is there; they may as well drive through for coffee,” K wrote. “I doubt that it would be a traffic magnet like a Sonic or something would be… Good luck to ANY business opening at this time in our area!”

Lew Chipp also wished the business good luck.

“The perfect business to open during a recession and you can get your ‘feel good’ by simply driving through,” Chipp said. “Don't laugh. Crispy Creame donuts were the successful rage during recessions past.”

Others said with 7-Elevens and other Dunkin Donuts so close in Port Jefferson Station and Miller Place, another one was not needed.

“Needless to say, I'm disappointed,” commented ReeNee.

Jo looked forward to the employment opportunities for local youth.

“My son needs a job so I'm sending him over there,” Jo said at the time.

With the newest confirmation that a Pizza Hut is going to go into the adjoining space, we’d like to know what you think.

Is Pizza Hut a good choice?

And if there is another vacancy in the same building, what else does the area need? What would you like to see? Tell us in the comments below.

Earl January 25, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Nice, I know it is not real pizza, but I love Pizza Hut!
LI Mom January 25, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Same here Earl, while nothing is better than good "real" pizza, I love pizza Pizza Hut too!
Mels Ditties January 25, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Just like Jack in the Box tacos...they weren't "real" tacos, but they sure were tasty...especially on the way home from the bar on a Saturday night...Ah, good times, good times...
moethegrass January 25, 2013 at 06:09 PM
How about StarBucks. Krispy Kreme. Every business loves competition except when it really happens. Good Luck DD! and faux Pizza Store
Captain Howard Hawrey January 25, 2013 at 06:29 PM
I was recently in San Diego. Jack in the Box is very popular there. Not quite the same as when we had them on LI but I got some food anyway. I sure miss late night Taco Tuesday Food!!
Danielle Costags January 25, 2013 at 06:47 PM
How about a healthy fast food option? both are gross.
Mels Ditties January 25, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Danielle...that would be nice...I would luv a "have it your way" salad bar type place...start with a base of lettuce (your choice of which kind) then a list of stuff to add: cheese, eggs, meat, olives, bacon, croutons, whatever you like!...wouldn't THAT be yummy!!!...
Mels Ditties January 25, 2013 at 06:56 PM
"faux Pizza store"... ALMOST spit a mouth full of soda all over my laptop reading that one!... HYSTERICAL!!!!
K. January 25, 2013 at 07:58 PM
I would like to see a Ramen Noodle Shop. Not a Chinese/Japanese/Thai restaurant, just Noodles! (And space to lock up your Bike no matter what opens there; I'd Bike to more places in Rocky Point if there was more than the occasional tree or "No Bikes Encouraged" sign to lock it to).
Captain Howard Hawrey January 25, 2013 at 09:13 PM
All kidding aside. We need something different. A hand pulled noodle bowl restaurant might be good. Or how about a good Cajun restaurant? I'd love to be able to get sausage gravy on a bisquit, shrimp creole, a good gumbo, shrimp etoufee, red beans and rice, and good jambalaya somewhere near by.
f January 26, 2013 at 12:52 AM
All interesting ideas: what is stopping you from opening those shops (noodles, healthy food, etc), with a bike rack out front? Could it be that those ideas won't work in the real-world?
Captain Howard Hawrey January 26, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Great Point! Individual ideas don't make a business. Still would be nice to see something different around here and I would hope it would make.
Mels Ditties January 26, 2013 at 04:07 AM
"what is stopping you from opening those shops",,,,,Money....
Michelle Hake January 26, 2013 at 05:24 AM
I work at the Dunkin' Donuts and next door we're supposed to be getting a Pizza Hut and a frozen yogurt place, not entirely sure whether or not the frozen yogurt place is a chain or not.
Mels Ditties January 26, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Hi Michelle...any idea if the Pizza Hut is going to be a regular restaurant or one of those quickie pickup places?....
Crazy C January 27, 2013 at 06:20 PM
who care about what is going to be there it better then an empty place
Michelle Hake January 28, 2013 at 01:15 AM
No idea, all I know is that they should be open for summer. Both empty stores are a pretty decent size though.
ho ching February 11, 2013 at 02:54 AM
people should come to old port jeff dunkins. They have some new young guys that works really well and friendly

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