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The Greene Turtle crawls toward Franklin Square

A mushroom Swiss burger and nachos at The

A mushroom Swiss burger and nachos at The Greene Turtle, opening soon in Franklin Square. (Credit: Handout)

Come early May, The Greene Turtle should be coming out of its shell in the former Franklin Square digs of Boulder Creek Steakhouse. The Maryland-based franchise specializes in regional “comfort food” and features flat screen TVs everywhere — even in booths.

Because of the Maryland influence, crab figures prominently on the menu. There’s a Maryland crabcake ($14.49), a Chesapeake burger made with Old Bay seasoning and topped with crab dip ($11.99) and “Eastern Shore” mac & cheese ($10.49) laced with lump crabmeat. Also featured: a mushroom Swiss burger ($9.99), crab flatbread pizza ($12.49), fish tacos ($10.99) and baby back ribs ($17.99).

There are already 36 Greene Turtle restaurants nationwide. On Long Island, brothers John and Jeff Froccaro —  who also have a string of Burger King eateries —  say they plan to develop at least 10 restaurants in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The Greene Turtle will be at 700 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square, thegreeneturtle.com.

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