Williston Park bids farewell to seafood restaurant

February 15, 2013 by  

All good things must come to an end and, for Riverbay restaurant, the end came on Saturday, February 2.

The restaurant has a long history on Long Island. Current owner Dean Poll’s family originally owned Pappas in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn in the 1960s and 1970s. Pappas moved to Williston Park in the 1980s and was renamed Riverbay in 1989.

The original plan was for Riverbay to reopen in a second location, but Poll says he currently has no plans to reopen it. Poll also owns the Boathouse, a restaurant in Central Park, and recently purchased Gallagher’s Steak House in New York.

Although Poll says the Riverbey was doing well, he and his family own the property the restaurant was situated on and have decided to lease it to TD Bank, which will open a new branch there shortly. The bank has signed a 20-year lease for the property. Opening the new bank has been more complicated than it might first appear. The property needed to be rezoned, as it was previously only zoned for a restaurant.

The next step is to have the current restaurant structure demolished to make way for the new bank. Asbestos needs to be removed and the sewer, gas, and power lines turned off before the building is razed. Although the county approved the bank back in December, it is unclear how long it will be until the new branch opens. Once it does open, Williston Park banner printing can be made use of to advertise the new branch to the public.