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New Restaurant Franchises Coming to Long Island

By: Olivia Barris

Long Island is well known for its extensive culinary landscape and variety. With new restaurant chains and franchises expanding their businesses to Long Island, it’s hard to keep track of them all! Here are four of the hottest restaurant chains and franchises that have recently opened a location on Long Island (or will be soon).

Bango Bowls
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Bango Bowls is a health-alternative and fast-casual franchise offering fresh and high-quality meals. Newly opened in Smithtown, with two more in development on Long Island, the franchise offers a diverse menu, including items such as salads, poke bowls, acai bowls, grain bowls, smoothies, flaninis and more. Bango Bowls aims to focus on flavorful nutrition and operational efficiency to provide wholesome yet delicious dishes and provide a pleasant dining experience for families. Bango Bowls is expecting to have 10 franchises in development by the end of the year, with more locations to come in the tri-state area. As of today, the franchise is located in Massapequa, Smithtown, Bay Shore, and East Setauket.

Kura Revolving Sushi Bar
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Kura Revolving Sushi Bar is an innovative sit-down sushi restaurant known for the way it serves sushi: on a conveyor belt. The restaurant opened its first restaurant on Long Island in Carle Place, where you’ll have a dining experience unlike no other. The conveyor belt sushi dining experience originated in Japan, and is an innovative and convenient way for customers to dine out. When you sit down, numerous plates of sushi will parade by your table in plastic pods to maintain freshness. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on the conveyor belt, customers can order from the kitchen's tablet ordering system, with your dish delivered to your table via a conveyor belt in a matter of minutes. You can also order drinks on the tablet, with a robot named Kur-B delivering your drinks. This high-tech sushi bar has multiple locations in other states such as Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and more. Put this one on the bucket list!

Pelicana Chicken
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Pelicana Chicken is a global Korean fried chicken food chain that recently opened its doors in Plainview making it the first location on Long Island. Established in 1982 in Daejeon, South Korea, Pelicana has expanded to over 3000 stores worldwide. The restaurant’s success is attributed to its selection of chicken, wide array of sauces and the usage of fresh ingredients. Pelicana Chicken prides itself on using the highest quality of chicken as it changes the frying oil daily. Their menu features fried chicken coated in sauces such as sweet and spicy, spicy barbecue, and honey garlic, along with mochi donut cheese balls, spicy rice cakes, french fries, sweet potato, fries, salads and more.

Ford’s Garage
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Ford’s Garage is an automobile-themed popular burger and brew chain with locations in Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Texas. Founded in 2012 in Fort Myers, Florida, less than a mile away from Henry Ford's winter home, Ford’s Garage aims to offer a historic dining experience. Each restaurant features a 1920s era service station dining room with classic Ford vehicles and memorabilia along with its staff dressed in nostalgic auto shop uniforms and a hand-hammered copper bar top. This vintage vibe along with their famous Black Angus burgers and craft beers are sure to offer you a good time. Its first ever New York location is set to open in Lake Grove within the Smithaven Mall, coming soon!

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