After years of supplying central Suffolk County with oversized subs, Corner Heroes in Selden has closed.
Chairs were stacked, cold cases were bare, and a paper “closed” sign hangs on the window of the eatery at 810 Middle Country Rd.
The owners’ daughter, Kristin Cerbone, said Corner Heroes closed last week.
Corner Heroes was a family business jointly owned by John and Claudia Boekhoff until John Boekhoff’s death last year. Cerbone said that “a landlord-tenant dispute over the lease” was the reason for the eatery’s closure, and that her mother had no plans to reopen Corner Heroes elsewhere.
The eatery had a devoted following for its hulking sandwiches on soft Italian bread, such as the Ashley — a fried chicken cutlet topped with melted cheddar cheese, onion rings, bacon and barbecue sauce, served on garlic bread.
Former customers expressed deep disappointment on social media. “Selden is not Selden without Corner Hero!!!!” one wrote on Facebook. On Wednesday, a longtime customer driving by the shuttered eatery called out, “What are we going do now?”
Corner Heroes was on the site of the former Nature’s Gardens, a development of plots sold to New York City residents as rural retreats in the 1930s. In 1966, Campus Heroes opened in the one-story building on the corner of Evergreen Drive. When that business moved to Rocky Point in 2004 — where it still operates — the eatery became Corner Heroes.