Syosset residents welcomed a different — more favorable and tasty — type of hurricane Friday, as celebrated its official grand opening.
The national restaurant chain, known for its tropical décor, opened up in Syosset at 275 Jericho Turnpike (in the shopping center) on Aug. 29. It boasts a full menu of cooked-to-order items, from steaks and salads to more than 30 flavors of chicken wings.
“This is my second time here already,” Debbie Tolipano said. “I came all the way from Merrick. I love it here. The food is outrageous.”
The latest Hurricane Grill — the 43rd in the chain — joins two other restaurants on Long Island, located in Port Jefferson and .
“I’ve been to the other Hurricanes and I prefer this one so much more,” Tolipano said. “The whole personality of the place is so upbeat and fun. It’s a good family place.”
Fit for the start of football season, the Syosset Hurricane has 15 60-inch flat panel TVs, as well as a 200-inch display. With two dozen beers on tap, every game night, football fans can get five free wings with a purchase of an alcoholic beverage.
“I’ll be back for a football game. But next time, I’m going to make sure I have a ride home,” said Anthony Gembs of Locust Valley.
Until the end of the month, Syosset Hurricane also offers a free serving of its world famous garlic parm fries with a purchase of any entrée, a free kids’ meal with a purchase of an adult entrée, or $5 off any purchase of $20.
“I think Syosset was in need of a change — something economically priced but with great quality,” said Robert Engel, managing partner.
“We were searching through neighborhoods and areas, but the Syosset area offers something unique that most don’t," he said. "We have a good amount of business between the large companies around us and the local people from the neighborhood. It’s a nice balance.”
The fourth Hurricane Grill will open in Hauppauge this November.