Bonefish bites back
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Since the controversy over lunchtime hours arose two months ago, the Rockville Centre Chamber of Commerce has been mum on the issue. “This is a very difficult situation for the chamber,” said its president, Barbara Goldfeder, co-manager of Coach Realtors. “I can’t put one business up against another business.”
But other businesses in the village have no such qualms. Many have been vocal in their opposition to Bonefish’s attempt to open for lunch, especially those in close proximity to the restaurant, who would be most heavily impacted by the lack of parking.
“Bonefish said they would never open for lunch, ever,” said Jimmy Trahanas, owner of the Golden Reef Diner across the street. “I was there; that’s what they said. I don’t know what made them change their minds now. The movie theater was never open on weekdays.”
Since the restaurant’s opening last month, nearby businesses have already started to see an increase in traffic. “Everything is jammed up. Everything is filled up,” Trahanas said. “Everything is backed up. There’s no space anymore.”
Gordon said that he only expects the parking situation to get worse. “Other restaurants are using valet parking,” he said. “So it’s going to be a zoo over here.”
Murray declined to comment on the case. The village and Bonefish are scheduled to make their initial appearance in Nassau County Supreme Court on July 14.