Hudson House on New Highway in Farmingdale, just north of Republic Airport, which began life in March as a snappy new bistro, barely made it to the half-year mark.
The restaurant was blighted from the outset by roadwork that made it almost inaccessible. The construction continued throughout the spring and during most of the summer.
When I first visited Hudson House, shortly after its opening, salads were fresh and vibrant, fries hand-cut. About two months later, the entire operation had taken a nosedive. The original crew had departed, the dining room looked dingy, and food tasted as though it had come from a can, jar or freezer.
Above: Hudson House, road-blocked but functioning, during its brief heyday