A pastrami grilled cheese with Swiss, mustard and pickles at...

A pastrami grilled cheese with Swiss, mustard and pickles at Morrison’s in Plainview. Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

After almost 10 years in Plainview, Morrison’s has served its last meal.

Shelby Poole, whose family owned Morrison’s as well as its surviving sibling, Jackson’s in Commack, said that the last two and a half years have been a struggle. “Our lease in Plainview was up for renewal when COVID hit,” she said. “After that we just went month to month. And at this point, we just don’t have the staff to run both restaurants. It's worse now than during the pandemic. There was no way to keep going.”

When Shelby’s father, Art Bloom, opened Morrison’s in 2013, it was the successor to his Red Fish Grille. From the beginning, it was a family affair. When Art and his wife, Lori, hired chef Harry Poole, Shelby was away at college. “You’ll love the new guy,” they told her. And she did: She married him and, together, they joined the business and then, in 2006, opened Jackson’s in Commack. Harry Poole was overseeing both kitchens until Morrison’s closed. Shelby now works on the marketing team at Blue Point Brewery in Patchogue. 

Starting on Oct. 18, Jackson’s will be accepting Morrison’s gift cards. And most of the Morrison’s staff is moving to Commack as well.

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