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Skybox, Formerly Handlebar Restaurant, Closes Down [Empty in Mt. Sinai]

After being featured on FOX's Kitchen Nightmares in 2008, restaurant closed, re-opened, and is now closed again.

In 2008, the Handlebar Restaurant, located at 23 Hallock Ave.Route 25A in Mt. Sinai, gained fame by appearing on FOX's Kitchen Nightmares with Chef Gordon Ramsay.

The appearance didn't help the restaurant as it closed down soon after. The restaurant then reopened in 2010 as Skybox Restaurant and Sports Lounge, but didn't last long and closed in Fall of this year.

According to the bulding owner, a lease was just recently taken out on the spot, though it's too early to tell what will be coming to this famed location.

With the right owner, can a restaurant or pub actually survive in this spot or are there too many negative vibes for it to last? Could the location, right where 25A forks off at Nesconset Highway, hurt the business?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Americanivory November 17, 2011 at 03:08 PM
Someone should survey how many places actually shut down after Gordon Ramsey does his damage - don't like that nasty man!
Chuck November 17, 2011 at 03:09 PM
All bars suffer from strict enforcement of DWI laws, which by the way is a GOOD thing. Those that prosper either have been around along time and have a loyal following or are located in safe walking distance to population clusters. Unlike Nassau, which has late night mass transportaion in the form of buses, bars in Suffolk lack the benefit of available and affordable mass transportation.
Michelle November 18, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Both had issues..(inside closed doors) wishing a clean start to the next owner~!
Diane November 21, 2011 at 05:08 PM
You need good food. We tried the SkyBox when they first opened and it was awful. Really awful. The service was good and they adjusted the bill but we never went back it was so bad. Good Luck to the new owner!
Kristina Mirell November 22, 2011 at 06:30 PM
How about a good OLD FASHIONED burger joint with milk shakes, egg creams and waiters and waitresses on roller skates?? I may not have been around for it the first time but I'd LOVE to have something like that.
Cathy Morris Cohen January 25, 2012 at 09:44 PM
The biggest problem with these places are the FOOD... Its a restaurant /Bar.. People come to drink and Eat. People want real food, not all that instant reheated restaurant depot Garbage. Take a lesson from Phils in Shoreham, Good Steer, & Jack Mc Carthys Pub in Centereach ..If you make good food and have good service the place will do really well, and stay in Business. It doesn't need to be high end gourmet.. good handmade burgers,Chicken sandwiches and soups and some specials would be fine. Stop offering us total pre-made frozen crap ,and calling it food.
Captain Howard Hawrey January 25, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Your spot on!! I'd like to add Hartlins in Sound Beach whose food is outstanding for a restaurant pub and still family oriented! Good Food, Good Friends, Decent Prices, and a Connection With Communtiy let these places survive and benefit our community!
Douglas Baldwin January 26, 2012 at 01:51 PM
It's an excellent location. Handlebar's lasted there for many years while they slowly devolved from a reliable restaurant to a so-so place. I'd love to see a good reastaurant/bar there that might also feature good live music.
Eric March 12, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Débile vas!si Bill avait un diplome de gestion d'entreprise et de cuisinier,il aurait prospéré.Gordon Ramsey est un tres bon chef! Idiot! if Bill had a degree of entrepreneurial and kitchen chef, he would have prospered.Gordon Ramsey is a very good leader!
Americanivory March 16, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Eric - what??? I'm an idiot? Because I have an opinion? And what exactly does the line "if Bill had a degree of entrepreneurial and kitchen chef, he would have prospered" mean? a degree of entrepreneurial???? Are you tryng to show your intelligience by writing in french - who cares!!! Oh, and by the way Gordon Ramsey is a very nasty man and I do not like him, and you sound like someone I would not like either!
Timmer May 22, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I personally think that Ramsey knows what he is doing, but comes in when these companies are so far behind and generally the owners are not great bussness people, that they can't dig themselves out of large wholes!
Jimmer September 05, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Like your spelling, Timmer!
Keith September 06, 2012 at 05:45 PM
@American Ivory...Gordon tells it like it is, he doesnt pc people. Good food, clean atmosphere and friendly servers is all you need to be successful...its as easy as that. I like how he handles people because he doesnt baby people he tells them how to succeed and its up to them to LISTEN!
BWoods352 October 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM
A restraunt takes a special breed of business person to be successful. It's a delicate balance of quality control at the same time watching costs to turn a profit to support the massive overhead such as rent, utilities, lp gas, insurance, etc. Also the start up costs are more tham almost any ither businesses because of commercial restraunt equipment, liquor/beer licenses, insurances & advertising. Unfortunately most new business owners and especially new restraunt owners never take the time to research any of this and usually jump in with both feet not realizing the monumental expenses, this is why most restraints fail in the first 6-8 months
Lw March 10, 2013 at 06:34 PM
It's not Gordon Ramsey's fault all the restaurants close down after he helps them. These restaurants don't follow through with his suggestions and strategies. They close down because of their own laziness and mistakes. They get the right tools and knowledge to be successful but revert back to their own ways. In no way is it Gordon Ramsey's fault or the shows. these restaurants are lucky to get his advice. They prove to only want the free remodel as in their minds that is all they need and they do nothing wrong. whoever thinks it is Gordon Ramsey's fault is dead wrong, sorry. You might want to get an education If you truly believe this. And if you have a bachelors degree and want to tell me that, well you better go back and get more education because you didn't learn!
Ryan March 11, 2013 at 02:19 AM
@Americanivory: 1) You're not an idiot for having an opinion; you're an idiot for trying to project it in a way that the way Ramsey does business is an extension of his edited TV personality. First and foremost, it's just that. You need to realize that while you see him yelling, screaming, swearing and generally seeming a nuisance, his performance is specifically edited in that fashion to generate ratings. 2) Eric's response, based on how rough and direct the translation is, gives away that French is his first language. He's not showcasing his intelligence, but your definitely exposing your ignorance via grandiose assumptions. 3) Eric's response (again) is simply trying to assert that if Bill had any background in owning a business (particularly one in the industry, as they're absurd to properly maintain) prior to simply jumping into running one (as he himself stated he did in the episode), he'd have been better prepared to see the business' future lasting. Appearing on the show may have boosted them, but that can only carry you so far. You need to adapt and evolve, far more so with food than any other service. 4) Love or hate Ramsay, you simply cannot deny that the man is incredibly successful, and that there are a wide variety of reasons why that is so. You may not like his personality (TV or otherwise), but you have to admit that when it comes to business, he's got a damned good head on his shoulders.
Kristina Mirell July 26, 2013 at 11:32 AM
So, no old fashioned burgers, milkshakes and waitresses on roller skates, huh? :-P
Americanivory August 20, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Ryan - I am entitled to my opinin and can project it anyway I like - same as you - I still do not like Gordon Ramsey - he may prosper, but he certainly does not help the businesses. I didn't realize you were Eric's spokeman ;)

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