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The Original Kasper’s Hot Dogs in Northport has closed, soon to be replaced by a “Mexican concept” restaurant. The wiener-focused eatery, under the same ownership as Nina's Pizzeria, has already been through two openings and as many closings since its 2011 debut.
Franco La Rocca, executive chef for Nina’s, Kasper’s and its soon-to-hatch replacement, said that the hot dog-themed place across from the harbor did fine in summer but was “too much of a lunch spot” to make it through the colder months at that location.
But, he added, don’t rule out a rebirth of Kasper’s, next time at a more suitable spot for year-round survival.