Closed in East Meadow: Fuego Picante

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Fuego Picante in East Meadow served barbecue and

Fuego Picante in East Meadow served barbecue and Mexican cuisine. (May 4, 2013) Photo Credit: Johnny Simon

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Fuego Picante, a Mexican barbecue restaurant on Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow, is now closed. Having gone through a recent change in chef and menu, it was the most recent in a series of Singh Hospitality Group-owned dining spots to founder in the same space. Its predecessors were Kansas City Smokehouse, RUB BBQ, Long Fin, BeSi, Ruby's Famous BBQ and Louis & Marxx.

The company's president, Harendra Singh, said that while the restaurant was doing all right, the rent for the site “didn’t make sense economically.”

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The inevitable question: Did he think the site was jinxed?

“You can call it jinxed,” Singh said. “You can call it a bad location. It certainly didn’t work out for us.”

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