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Building damaged by restaurant blaze is for rent.

The restaurant fire that burned out two other businesses and forced a county legislator to relocate has proven too much. 

For months, Classy Coffee had indicated that it planned to reopen after the fire that broke out in April at XO Wine and Chocolate Bar. But has since cleared out and a for rent sign hangs in the window. On Facebook, the store said "Due to a never ending list of obstacles, we have decided not to re-open in Huntington. We are currently searching for new locations."  The dancewear store, Instructor’s Choice, also has packed up.

A representative of Blackstone Properties, whose number is listed on the for-rent signs, declined to discuss the future of the property at Clinton Avenue and Gerard Street.

No one from Instructor’s Choice, which was established in 1980, or Classy Coffee, was available for comment.

The restaurant had been open about six weeks when the fire destroyed it and the other two businesses. The second-floor office of , then majority leader of the Suffolk County Legislature, relocated to Centerport.

Andrea January 10, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Rumor has it that Classy Coffee had every intention of rebuilding but the town made it so impossible that they couldn't - something so crazy like unless they jumped through major hoops they would only be allowed some ridiculously low number of seats, etc. I don't know the details but I can't understand why the town makes it so difficult on some businesses and so seemingly easy on others (cough cough)...
Jim R. January 10, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I think the owners of Class Coffee also owned XO Wine
Andrea January 10, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I'm almost 100% sure that isn't true. This article says XO owner is a 24-year old http://bellmore.patch.com/articles/24-year-old-kennedy-grad-opens-wine-bar-in-huntington-village but XO's Facebook page says they have the same owners as Osteria Toscana, which used to be the group that owned Cassis/Buenos Aires etc but I think they sold that and the two restaurants seem to have chef/owners in common... and Classy Coffee's website says totally different people http://classycoffee.com/about.html But who knows.
We Opine January 11, 2012 at 03:34 PM
It astounds me that people continue to open restaurants in Huntington with the unreasonable demands and arm twisting the town seems to delight in putting business owners through. Poor "Jellyfish" in Centerport is still trying to open for business - well over a year of wrangling. This town is a perfect example of what happens with crony capitalism, bigger government, more regulation and no term limits. Too bad they didnt get a republican majority on the town council - nothing will change as long as the entrenched establishment remains in power.
Christine January 25, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Yet the Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals allowed the Paramount Theatre to open with more than double the seating capacity of IMAC (from 700 to 1,665), creating traffic nightmares on show nights, and turning a blind eye when the Paramount usurps precious parking spots both in the lots and meters on the street so they can charge for "VIP" parking.


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