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Row of West End Vacancies Filled

Seaside Celebrations moves down the block; hot dog stand coming to empty store.


A succession of storefronts that were empty last year have now all been filled after the Long Beach City Council gave two businesses approval to move into vacancies between Tennessee Avenue and New Hampshire Street.

Seaside Celebrations, a children’s entertainment center, moved into 949 W. Beech St., the former location of Evers Place, an art store and gallery, after the council granted the business a waiver off-street parking requirements on Feb. 21. Owners Debbie Mantia and Kristina O'Neill previously ran their business at 1030 W. Beech St. Mantia told the council that business hours at the new location are from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.

The property was vacant since May 2011, after owner Scott Evers closed his art/gallery store that opened there in 2008. Evers had transformed his late father’s 1,200-square-foot home-improvement repair shop, Dan Evers, a fixture at that location since 1949.

At the adjacent vacancy, at 951A W. Beech St., a strictly counter service hot dog shop, The Dog Haus, will be open four days a week from 12 p.m. to about 1 a.m., according to an unnamed co-owner who addressed the council on Feb. 7. “To begin, it would be open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” he said. “So four days to start.”

When asked by one councilman what kind of foot traffic he projects, the co-owner said: “I think it’s going to vary immensely, because we’re somewhat targeting a beach crowd, a night crowd and a day crowd.”

The two businesses will neighbor Jake’s Wayback Burgers, at the former Beach Realty at 945 W. Beech St. In April 2011, the Long Beach Zoning Board of Appeals approved a mixed use and off-street parking variance for the franchise.

Jake’s had met with opposition after some residents circulated a petition with about 100 signatures that said the business would create traffic and parking problems and was out of character with the neighborhood. But others contended that the business would help to create jobs and fill a longtime vacancy.


Lloyd March 05, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Eddie. I have no knowledge of the issue regarding Yeshiva properties in Long Beach. But I do know this is a big issue all over NY, with religious groups buying up valuable properties and removing them from the tax rolls. Its fairly easy to obtain a clergy degree from some cockamamie church on the internet and then obtain tax exempt status for your "church". If you have a problem with Yeshivas or Church properties, contact Pres. Obama. He'll make sure they obey government edicts controlling religious freedom.
Brendan March 05, 2012 at 04:11 PM
maryl, enforcement of what?
Michael Christopher March 05, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Bill Callahan!!! You hit the nail on the head! People like Lloyd who go to bed at 6pm, have no social life, and are miserable people in general, want to make everyone around them miserable as well. Misery LOVES company! I'm sure if he had his way he would prefer the vacant stores remain vacant, and nothing in Long Beach would ever change. Every word he writes reeks of hate and contempt for just about every existing & potential business out there! Now he is attacking the Yeshiva & the Church!!! Wow...
Brendan March 05, 2012 at 06:17 PM
As usual, maryl sees fit to blather on endlessly with no actual point. Just "enforcement" for "offenders". Offenders of what? Enforcement of what? What problems, specifically, are not being addressed, maryl? Or are you just typing to hear the clickity clack again?
toolittle March 05, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Brenda, Getting really tired of your blatant attacks on my comments. You and a few of your cronies have nothing constructive to say about adding value to our great town. You would rather attack it with sarcasm and other useless drivel. Since you can't seem to understand my points, I will break it down for you in simplest terms. 1. newcomers are not bad 2. newcomers don't buy houses to be close to bars 3. LB is a beautiful and great community 4. Towns can change 5. Enforce the law and quality of life will improve, house values will increase I have answered your quality of life questions before Brendan and don't wish to have the same silly argument. Being an adult with a college education you should be able to infer what 'offenders' and 'enforcement' includes but since you insist Offenders: people who participate in: public intoxication,nudity, open containers, noise violations, fireworks, urination, assault, littering, etc.. Enforcement: when catching the above offenders, make the penalty stiff enough that they won't want to do it again, instead of merely sending them on their way with a warning. I am not talking about the death penalty here. But if Joe Blow from Oceanside/ Wantaugh / Manahasset or where ever comes to LB and is vomiting down Oceanview while screaming, throwing his beer bottles on the ground, the police should throw him in the drunk tank and fine him $500 instead of what usually happens, a warning to keep it down and get home.
Brendan March 05, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Maryl, be careful, you're starting to sound like Lucy. Thank you for clarifying what you were frothing at the mouth about, I now more fully understand your point of view. And, incidentally, I agree with you. There isn't much of a call for carrying on like an idiot at 5AM on Oceanview or any other block. However, I would also add that while I have seen a good number of drunks and bar patrons acting like asses on that block (I lived in a spot that had a window directly on Oceanview for several years and have had occasion to use that street for transportation, also for several years), the other group that uses that road to act like asses are the local hooligan pre-teens and teenagers who have nothing else to do. They hang out, they are rude to passersby, they sometimes attempt to intimidate or to harass those they believe to be weaker than they are or use their numbers to intimidate, as well as provide a constant source of unnecessary noise. My point? That it isn't just out-of-town drunks causing problems and making a mess. It is local, unsupervised crotchspawn too. Don't pin everything on one group.
toolittle March 05, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Brendan, Glad we could agree on something. And I wasn't pinning everything on one group, just giving one example of how enforcement could help the quality of life issues. These teenagers and pre teen's are offenders too. I have been witnesses to the acts you speak of and have called the police on it. The police come and tell these teenagers to 'move it along' whereas if they wrote them tickets and gave them a court appearance or perhaps brought them home to speak with their parents, they would think twice about doing it again. Half the time the police don't even make them pick up their beer cans ! I know the police often have more pressing situations to deal with and if thats' the case I can understand the warning and the move it along comments. But, if nothing is going on and they already took the time to drive to the scene, then why not write some tickets to deter the offenders and to stop the police from having to come back and do it again the following weekend or night.
Longbeacher March 06, 2012 at 12:06 AM
now,what were we saying about the West End Vacancies ?
paul.d.spellman March 06, 2012 at 12:12 AM
We were wondering how many franks that sausage factory will need to sell each month to cover its nut?
Matthew Hogan March 06, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Folks, Keep it civil and refrain from personal insults or your accounts will be suspended. Thank you. -- Matt Hogan Associate Regional Editor
Longbeacher March 06, 2012 at 12:49 AM
paul, i hope these guys are not ,and i dont think it will be a hot dog stand ,this is if there smart,a Pinks of Califonia type place ,you know they will have a thick dog with a 1000 different toppings and home made french fries .Well atleast i hope they do .i've been waiting for a place like that,if not i just gave them a good idea
Bill Carls March 06, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Let any entrepreneur willing to take a risk fill these vacant storefronts. I'd rather see a bunch of tried and failed businesses instead of vacant space and wasted opportunity. You never know. That "Pinks" model for the Dog Haus might be a hit. More weird ideas have been successful.
Lloyd March 06, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Not in bed yet and its after 9 PM. Getting back to the topic.... Too many eateries already in town. Everytime I turn around, another one has gone bust. The City is already oversaturated in a sluggish economy. Can't someone think of a new business that doesn't involve food? And please dont ridicule me or my personal life for asking. We dont want to make any more problems for Matt Hogan.
Longbeacher March 06, 2012 at 02:23 AM
if it were that easy we would all open it
Lloyd March 06, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Doesnt the West End need a gas station or a bank? No free ATMs for me, at least over there. Seven/11 and a Chase would work. And a Citgo or Valero station that doesnt overcharge like Mobil in L.B. does. I drive all over Nassau Co for a living and find gas prices among the highest right here in town. Are we some kind of rich, and isolated community? I NEVER buy gas here. Its a ripoff. Maybe another station or two are needed.
Bill Carls March 06, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Someone mentioned it already but I think it's a good idea. Even though it's technically an eatery, a good bakery might do well in the West End. There's no place to get fresh baked breads and desserts. Maybe even go a little higher end and do nice wedding cakes. Why go all the way to Country Boy or Waldbaums when you have a legit bakery right in your own neighborhood?
Eddie March 06, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Remember that Long Beach stores must pay an additional layer of taxes that most Nassau properties don't pay. Add $7,000 Long Beach tax to the $27,000 taxes that a 15'-wide store pays and it's a big hurtle for a small business. Also, business is somewhat seasonal here, and it only draws patrons from two directions and usually not the mainland. Add the year it takes to get an off-street parking variance from the City and it's surprising that anyone rents these places. It's a tough uphill battle for a business here, unless it's selling wine or beer.
Lloyd March 06, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Or selling Chinese take out.
Lloyd March 06, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Long Beach property and Business taxes add up to nearly $3000/month. Thats a lot of hot dogs for that new guy to sell before he clears his first dollar profit. A mortuary may only have to conduct two or three funerals a month to pay all their taxes. Theres no competition here. All the old folks in town are dying to have a funeral home open up near their loved ones and their church or synagogue. Itts a lot more convenent for the family than to schlep up to Oceanside or Rockville Centre to pay their last respects.
Longbeacher March 06, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Llyod ,thats a great idea lets sink a 10000 gallon gas tank in the west end sand,our water table is about 2 feet
Lloyd March 06, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Longbeacher...How about a leakproof PVC tank?
Michael Christopher March 06, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Lloyd has all the answers, yet he is not a business owner... Go figure!
Lloyd March 07, 2012 at 02:45 AM
There he goes again. Michael Christopher. The man who says he knows EVERYTHING about Lloyd's private life. Well, I hate to burst your overinflated bubble and ego, but Lloyd is self employed and owns his own business. Use your tiny brain, Michael. If Lloyd slaved away 9-5 as a menial worker for a boss, would he have so much free time to post here on Patch?
Longbeacher March 07, 2012 at 12:33 PM
you don't and dont you remember that station in the west end that became a fruit stand and that had all the troubles with oil tank ,some how gas or oil is the last thing i want near my beach
Lloyd March 07, 2012 at 01:53 PM
No, Longbeacher. I dont remember that. In this day and age theres no such thing as an environmentally safe gas station?? How about one that only sells corn oil/ethhanol/biofuels? Recycle all the grease left over from Wayback Burgers and run your car on that.
Michael Christopher March 07, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Enlighten us Lloyd, what is it that you do? I'm sure with all the negative comments you make in this forum, we would all like a little more insight as to how your thought process is guided =)
Mariellen Berni Callaghan March 07, 2012 at 06:42 PM
wow how about somebody letting us know who the owner of the hot dog place is ?? thought the article was about storefronts ????????
Mariellen Berni Callaghan March 07, 2012 at 06:44 PM
or maybe we could put some bathrooms on the WEST END of the beach that we pay for, so i dont have to step "over" stuff !! Maybe help the lifeguards and ticket collectors (our kids) have somewhere to "go" ??
Lloyd March 07, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Michael....I'm sorry. Its not anybody's business here what I do for a living. Very few, if anyone here, reveals their personal business. Why should I, except to say its legal and I pay my appropriate taxes. And you are wrong again for the umpteenth time. I love my newly adopted town and I remain positive about its present and future. Whats your problem?
Lloyd March 07, 2012 at 07:16 PM
When others here have bashed Irish Day, I expressed my full support of it. I think its lots of fun, good for the city, and the vendors there sell some cool stuff thats half the price of what was sold at the boardwalk Quiksilver store. And Michael, my gal and I help keep all those Park Ave restaurants thriving. I highly recommend nearly all of them. The beach is great and so is the boardwalk. We use them both regularly. We even swam on Polar Bear Day. You have to remind me what I'm negative about. And then move on to insult someone else.

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