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Village: New Massapequa Park Business Not Up to Code

Massapequa Varsity Grill closed down by Village officials.

A new neighborhood burger joint opened briefly without a certificate of occupancy and was quickly closed down, village of Massapequa Park officials said.

The Massapequa Varsity Grill on Merrick Road near Massapequa High School has not provided the documentation needed to open for business, according to those officials.

Varsity Grill Co-owner Dominick Calarco, confirmed to Patch on Thursday that his business had been closed down by authorities, but said he expected  the business would pass a Thursday night inspection. He would not say why it had been shut down.

But on Friday morning the village said the grill, a diner, with booths  and a counter painted in Massapequa High School's blue and gold colors,still hadn't provided the village with the  documentation needed to get a certificate of occupancy.

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According to Village Administrator Peggy Caltabiano, the business has yet to provide a plumbing certificate, a document which certifies that plumbing work is up to code.

Varsity Grill did not build according to the plan the originally filed with the village and has yet to file updated plans, officials said.

Despite not being up to code, Varsity Grill did attempt to open for business in late December, according to Caltabiano, but was quickly shut them down.

Calarco, accused officials of selective enforcement, but Caltabiano and Mayor James Altadonna insisted the Village wants to bring new businesses into the area and said that it's unusual for a business to take this long to remedy this type of situation.

"We can work as quickly as he works," Altadonna said. Caltabiano said she believes the owners may not have fully understood the requirements needed to get the certificate of occupancy.

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Robert January 16, 2013 at 11:14 PM
your snakiness is well noted, and well suited for someone who states "I don't think a burger and fry joint should be so close to a high school where kids go out for lunch." Burger places, last time I looked, didnt not need Community Standard Reviews, or do they, in your world?
Alfredo Cajones January 27, 2013 at 02:24 PM
I ate at the Varsity Grill yesterday. The burgers and fries were outstanding. The service was friendly however it did take a little time. I guess they have to work out the kinks. Very nice place.
lisa sontag January 28, 2013 at 12:58 AM
great place take out or stay I stayed too long because of all the flat screens!!!
Franken Harpo January 31, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Burgers & fries were great? Service was slow? A fast food place that makes you wait. I bet you'll keep going back ,eh? Good for you!
Sal February 25, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Most villages and/or towns have a step by step process for CO approvals. My question is why did the village not inspect each phase of construction and not wait until everything was up and open? if the village inspectors, mayor or board members were doing their routine job the owners would have made the adjustments before the next phase of the process was started. Small town bureacratic nonsense to cover themselves. Code violations are serious and are made to protect families but then have a system in place. Delays are better than future nighmares.

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