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Next up for last Roy Rogers: White Castle?

The Roy Rogers restaurant off William Floyd Parkway

The Roy Rogers restaurant off William Floyd Parkway in Shirley closed on Monday. It was the last one on Long Island. (Nov. 30, 2010) Credit: Carl Corry

The talk around Shirley these days is that White Castle will be taking over the defunct Roy Rogers site -- the last of its kind on Long Island and a place that was for decades a staple of Smith Point Park summer beachgoers.

It was the chatter Friday among customers at Tire City on Montauk Highway, where a Manorville fire official said he'd heard about plans for the restaurant chain perhaps most widely known for its starring role in the 2004 movie "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle." And it's the top rumor Dan Panico, the Brookhaven councilman who represents the area, says he's heard among residents about the William Floyd Parkway location.

"There have been many rumors created," Panico said, "with the most prominent being a White Castle."

But, he added, the town hasn't received any formal site plans for the spot, and he hasn't heard anything official.

Other chatter, Panico said, has residents pining for a Sonic restaurant, though there's been no official word of that idea.

Panico, a Mastic Beach native who remembers his grandparents bringing buckets of chicken from that Roy Rogers when they visited from Nassau, said he was surprised by the outpouring from people across Long Island who waxed nostalgic about their trips over the years to the Roy Rogers. He said he got a bunch of comments on his Facebook page.

"I was thinking, 'If you felt so strongly, perhaps you should have frequented the place more often,' " Panico said.

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