Empty in Farmingdale: Former Ice Cream Parlor

Tell us what you want in the recently closed restaurant.

Walk down Main Street or drive down Route 110 and Hempstead Turnpike and you will notice many boarded up storefronts adorned with "For Rent" signs, an indication of the hard times the area -- and country -- are facing.

The Village of Farmingdale mayor and board of trustees are embarking on a local revitalization plan they hope will spark economic growth in the area and fill the empty sites with businesses and housing.

Over the next few months, Farmingdale Patch will spotlight these vacant properties to foster discussion in the community on what can, should and could be done to rehab these abandoned places.

This week's property is Bollinger's on Main Street, which closed just this past Sunday.

Elias Properties owns the part of the strip the store is in, but owner Joe Tinisi has listed it himself "as-is" in hopes that someone will rent the space and maintain it as a restaurant/old-fashioned ice cream parlor. After 45 days, the property will be listed more generally and the contents - like the old fashioned booths - will be auctioned off.

The space is a slice of Main Street history opening as Von Lessen's. There was a fire in the early 1990s and it was expanded from one storefront into two. 

What should go there? Another ice cream parlor? Tell us in the comments.

James M. February 21, 2012 at 05:45 PM
An specialty gift store for eclectic tastes. Everything you can get at most places on Main Street you can get somewhere else. We need a shop that sells bizarre chess sets and uncommon wind chimes and Fancy wood writing sets. The Shop at the north end of Main Street is similar but it seems like more of an antique shop than a gift store.
Donna February 21, 2012 at 08:08 PM
We need to stop going to these chain restaurants and shops that all sell the same stuff in all of them and go to the local mom and pop stores. It's not a matter of what goes there but the community needs to step up and use these shops in order to keep them there. I for one definitely liked going to Bollingers after a school function but for some reason everyone went to Friendlys that is everywhere. There was only one Bollingers and They made there own ice cream. Go figure.
Jim B February 23, 2012 at 09:21 AM
Jim B  What a shame!! Now I feel guilty that we didn't dine there more often. We mostly had lunches and occasionally Sunday breakfasts there. Parking on busy Main St was probably the biggest reason we ate elsewhere. I recall a long time Farmingdale resident who was born and raised in F'dale telling me that during WW2, the engineers from Republic ate there regularly when it was Von Leasons, and that it was rumored that German agents would eat there to see if they could overhear anything of use to them regarding production of our fabulous war planes being produced there. Both my sons Michael and Dennis, at the time of the fire, were East F'dale Firefighters, and helped fight the fire when Fariingdale FD called for mutual aid. It is truly sad news for the village to lose this restaurant. Here's hoping that it comes back as a similar quality eatery, where you get good meals at a good value.


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