Here are some of 2017’s most notable closings.
True North, Huntington: This well-regarded gastropub, which opened in October 2015 and earned 2 1⁄2 stars from Newsday for its polished food and buoyant vibe, closed in January 2017. It has recently opened with new owners as The Shed.
Eleanor Rigby's, Mineola: For more than 20 years, Mineolans gathered here for generous drinks, simple food, live music and, of course, Beatles memorabilia. In 2017 the building was sold and the bar closed. The building's new owners, chef Steven Del Lima and his partner Dean Miller, plan to open a second location of their Manhattan restaurant, White Oak Oyster Bar and Cocktail Lounge.
Siam Lotus, Bay Shore: This Bay Shore mainstay that grew to be a dependable stop for classic Thai fare and a top spot on Newsday's best Thai food list, closed last spring, having served its last bowl of beautifully layered shrimp hot and sour soup. Owners Danny and Jeannie Poom said they decided to retire after a successful twenty-five year run.
Mio Posto Multiple locations: Both the Hicksville and Oceanside branches of this boisterous Italian restaurant closed in 2017. The owners have opened a new location in Long Beach.
Scrimshaw, Greenport: Since 2004, Scrimshaw had been the rare waterfront restaurant whose gorgeous view was matched by its food. The restaurant closed for the season after the village's annual Shellabration festival in early December 2016, and did not reopen in 2017. It opened for the summer as Barba Bianca but closed after Labor Day.
Madras Woodlands, New Hyde Park: The old Madras Woodlands space in New Hyde Park closed and will soon give way to a new Indian restaurant that will double as a banquet hall and sports bar, complete with TVs playing your favorite cricket match.
The Petulant Wino
The Petulant Wino, Aquebogue: Aquebogue's Petulant Wino closed in March 2017. Opened by serial restaurateur Tom Schaudel and his daughter Courtney in 2014, the restaurant at the gateway to the North Fork featured small plates, local wine, good drinks and a generally genial atmosphere. Reopened as Il Giardino, featuring Italian fare.
Kiran Palace, Commack: This modest Indian restaurant, open since 2009 in the King Kullen mini-mall, closed in March 2017.
Gooseberry Grove, Oyster Bay Less than a year after a renovation that added gourmet coffee to the menu, this Oyster Bay ice cream parlor closed. Owner Bob Liebold said he and his landlord failed to come to an agreement on a new lease.
Page One, Glen Cove: Page One served its last dinner in March 2017 after 21 years on School Street. Meritage Wine Bar has since reopened at the address.
Roots Bistro Gourmand
Roots Bistro Gourmand, West Islip: After five years of challenging Long Islanders' taste buds, Roots Bistro Gourmand closed in April 2017. The West Islip restaurant earned three stars from Newsday when it opened in 2012. It has since reopened under new owners as the third Long Island branch of Besito.
Old Mill Inn
Old Mill Inn, Mattituck: This landmark waterfront restaurant in Mattituck was put on the market in April 2017. Owner Bia Lowe announced on the inn's website that it would not reopen for the season. She said she planned to return to her native California to focus on writing.
The Pig & Queen
The Pig & Queen, Rockville Centre: Seven months after opening its doors, Rockville Centre's The Pig & Queen bowed out of the village's restaurant scene. The eatery blended Southern, Cajun and New American styles with pit-smoked barbecue as well as craft brews, bourbons and inventive cocktails.
Flight, Patchogue: Turns out a restaurant focused on flights of food was fleeting: Flight in Patchogue closed less than seven months after it opened. The restaurant earned 1 1⁄2 stars in Newsday for its ambitious drinks and small plates. The partners sold the restaurant to the folks behind Flo's, the beachside luncheonette that has been a warm-weather standby since 1926 at Corey Beach in Blue Point. Flo's Luncheonette has since opened in the Flight space.
Luigi Q, Hicksville: Luigi Quarta's 3 1/2-star restaurant, a perennial presence on Newsday's Top 10 Italian list, was shuttered by fire in June. No word yet on plans to rebuild or relocate.
Salumeria Pomodoro, Huntington: This 16-month-old Italian restaurant closed in July 2017 and is now the home of chef Marc Anthony Bynum's Hush American Bistro, which moved to this new location after its original incarnation in Farmingdale closed.
Joe's Crab Shack
Joe's Crab Shack, Westbury: The last Long Island outpost of Joe's Crab Shack closed in August 2017, days after the Houston-based chain was sold at auction as part of a bankruptcy proceeding.
Milk and Sugar Café
Milk and Sugar Café, Bay Shore: Having lasted an impressive 18 years, downtown Bay Shore's homey Milk and Sugar Café closed in September 2017 -- but the owners have a new restaurant up their sleeves. Gina and Lenny Jaworowski plan to open a farm-to-table eatery called Barn Door 49 early in 2018.
Jane Café, Mineola: This modest little spot, a gold mine of Korean cooking, closed in September 2017. Kaiyo Sushi is now open at that location.
Ariana, Huntington: Ariana, one of Long Island's first Afghan restaurants, closed in September 2017. Tum Thai has since opened in the space.
Honig Grill, Woodbury: This ambitious restaurant, subtitled "a taste of Napa Valley," closed after about a year and a half. Plans are to open Limani Taverna in early 2018.