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Saturday Marks the End of An Era For Finn's

Finn's will close it's doors for good on March 31.

Update, July 11, 2012: A new eatery is set to open in the former Finn's location in early August. Read more here

Previous: The last of burgers, wings and beer will be served on Saturday when the 6-year-old, Irish restaurant/bar shuts its doors for good.

According to an employee at Finn's, a lease issue forced the owner to close up.

"It's sad," said the employee, who wished not to be named.

On Saturday, according to the employee, Finn's will open at 11:30 a.m. with drink and food specials.

"They are going to try to blow everything out. Lots of stuff will be going out the door," he said.

Finn's joins several other Long Island Restaurants, including Peter's in Babylon and The Handlebar in Mount Sinai that were featured on FOX's Kitchen Nightmares and have since closed up.

Finn's appeared on Kitchen Nightmares in 2007. Watch the episode here.

The owner and manager of Finn's did immediately return calls.

What will you miss most about Finn's? Post your thoughts in the comment section below.

Jason Belkin (Hampton Coffee Company) March 27, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Their Marinated Pub Burger with Guinness Onions was the best burger I ever had. We will miss Finns.
Local #1 March 28, 2012 at 11:59 AM
The Matchbox will return from the ashes!!!!!!
ileane March 28, 2012 at 02:00 PM
We will miss the good food and the wonderful friendly staff. Ileane & Marty
Alan Rodriguez March 28, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Another business falling victim to a bad economy and lethargic government policies. It's a shame to see another family business go by the wayside.
T818 March 28, 2012 at 11:33 PM
James, Micky and Debbie!!!
Carmine L. Calabro Jr. March 29, 2012 at 09:39 AM
Mr Mike M is an amazing dude. I watched him recover from an aerial crash; coming home on a stretcher in a body cast; in months training and then running and then flying again; so I guess he applied his "Lazarus" techniques to Finns. It didn't work this time. Any restaurant requires 24/7 365 management. The best managers are working partners with skin in the game. Maybe it was the business model or trying to rehabilitate the bad image halo from Ramsey and company. This corridor is a busy thoroughfare. The location is great, same for the restaurant and auto dealership site across the street. A property owner will always have options whereas when a restaurant fails to break even it must close its doors. Competition is stiff. It takes 3-5 years of consistent food and service for an establishment to be taken seriously. There are only a handful of really great restaurants in the GWB footprint, whereas there are nearly a hundred food establishments. One must keep in mind that If Rechler's development of Gabreski proceeds on schedule and fully rents, all locations on this road will see increased traffic and business. Joe Gazza probably walks away with the biggest bang for the buck having bought both sides of the street way back when.
MiZD July 31, 2012 at 12:20 AM
My husband and I will mostly miss the 106th wings. Loved the heat and you couldn't beat it with an iced cold beer!! Nope, had many a wing but loved thiers. Hub also loved the shepards pie(ala Ramsey). :) Good luck to you Bud and family.....better late than never!!
Nikki Anderson October 29, 2012 at 06:01 PM
What is the family doing now?
Far Tso October 30, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Government policies? Who are you kidding? It was the government that jacked up the rent and wouldn't renew the lease? Puh-Leeeeeeze. Get real. It was a GREEDY BUSINESSMAN with many large holdings, one of those one percent guys, trying to screw a hardworking retired cop and his family out of a decent living, providing a service to people. Finn McCool's made that location popular, and the greedy landlord decided to screw them over for enhancing the value of his property. The leaser is the scum, here. Facts are not your enemy.
Tony Iabucci October 30, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Or, ya know, the fact that the land owner doubled the rent. But whatever.
Annie j. December 04, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Just watched this episode for the 2nd time since it first aired. Good luck to the family and don't let whatever circumstance that closed your restaurant beat you. I'm sure you have enough talent and heart to make a comeback in the future. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes heartbreak to land you where you're destined to be. I'm never anywhere near as sappy as this, but you have a beautiful family and I hope you can stick together through good and bad. Buddy, you seem like you have a truly good soul and I wish you all the luck in the world! Keep positive guys!
Ralebird March 01, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Perhaps you should stick to what's happening in Ohio and this year. The fire chief is a volunteer who gets NO "salary from the community he serves". The show you're referring to is manufactured drama that really had no consequence on the success of the business.
Donna Monti July 07, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Finns food was not so good when they opened, once chef Ramsey came in and gave the family a new lease on running a restaurant, the food was fantastic, but sadly over the years they reverted back to poor menu choices and the quality went down hill, but the prices remained high, too high for the locals to carry over the winter. Then there was the bar crowd,who were loud and crude with language. So how did they drown that out? They brought in live music, not what their diners who wanted a nice quiet dinner could put up with. You couldn't even hear the waitress talk. So we stopped going after sending meal after meal back to the kitchen for poor quality, and screaming over the bar crowd and bands. Was it really a leasing issue?
Carmine L. Calabro Jr. July 07, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Donna has a good handle, not only on Finn's but other 'bar and grill' operations in towns all over the US, of what went wrong. The whole GWB area is rising in value and new building, commercial occupancy and the local economy in general is seeing new life. The site of Finn's is soon to open as a BBQ purveyor, with live music, outdoor dining and take out, once the 'legal' beagles hammer out some issues between the tenant, landlord and the village. Was to have opened by Memorial Day but the ARB rules for a reason. In any event, the Village is jumping every weekend and the restaurants are thriving, especially those that have made the 3 year cut.
Ted Siuda July 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM
So many businesses that appeared on Ramsays show have failed, too little too late? I loved Finn's and they filled a good niche. rents are ridiculous, and as puyt greedy landowners do sabotage alot of good businesses
Donna Monti December 27, 2013 at 05:41 PM
It is sad to see a family run business close because it effects so many lives. My family loved going to Finns, the best mushroom soup on the island, the staff was friendly, no charming is a better word. The owner stopping at each table for a welcome and to make sure everything was satisfactory, was nice, table side prime rib service brought a tear to my eye, when I saw the pride on the owners face as he carved. We started going there after we saw the show with Gordon Ramsey, and were delighted with every plate served. We would go about twice a month. The only problem we had with Finns was the bar area. The music and bar crowd spilled over into the dining area making a conversation impossible. Every time we went there, patrons would actually get up several times to close the door separating the bar and dining room. For us it became a problem and in the end, we found ourselves sending our meals back to the kitchen, something we never had to do at Finns before. The dining experience had plummeted, the quality of the food changed, and the bar area began bringing in live bands. To sum it up simply, it went from being the Matchbox, to being Finn Mc cools, Bach to being the matchbox.

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