on Woodbine Avenue closed its doors earlier this month for restructuring as it goes under new management.
Owner Marc Soojian, whose great grandfather opened the first Kasper’s in Oakland, Calif., in 1929, said he is still owner of the franchise, but has brought in an unnamed experienced restaurant owner in Northport to help him make some necessary adjustments. The deal is not yet finalized.
According to Kasper's Facebook page, the adjustments may include renovations and an expanded menu with homemade products, customizable salads and sandwiches alongside the original hot dogs.
"HIS TOUCH ON THE PLACE WILL BE AWESOME. Hopefully we will be reopening in 2 to 3 weeks," Kasper's posted on its Facebook page on June 16. In response to comments on the Facebook announcement, Kasper's wrote: "The name will still be Kasper's," and, "We are rebooting the franchise."
Facebook user "Jack Wellington" wrote, "Kaspers is an amazing institution I hope this closing buisness is some sort of sick joke." Kasper's responded, "Sorry my friend. It's just not working in this location." Additional posts from Kasper's said that Manager Tom O’Connor left the position.
Kasper's opened in Northport last May. Soojian, 33, grew up in Dix Hills and currently lives in Kings Park with his wife, Amy, and infant son, Andrew. But he spent time behind the counter of the original Kasper’s and those memories never escaped him.
“I always wanted to do this,” Soojian, an anesthesiologist by day, said . “I kept with the tradition and the same style. I wanted to do this since I was 7.”
Soojian signed a 10-year lease at 40 Woodbine, banking on the allure of an All-American staple and cheap price point. Their staple is an all-beef natural casing hot dog starts at $3.75 with a choice of toppings such as yellow mustard, tomato, onion and relish, though they also offer options such as whole wheat buns and organic chicken sausage.