J&R's Steakhouse, a staple in the Three Village restaurant community for more than 20 years, has closed due to storm damage.
Its former manager, Andy Stamos, told Patch on Thursday that Hurricane Sandy damaged the restaurant's roof so badly that it was forced to close its doors.
The Stony Brook restaurant, which sits in the Coventry Commons shopping center, was the first for the J&R's chain. It still operates locations in Rocky Point, Calverton, Medford, Patchogue, and Islip.
"Thanks, everybody, for the support over the years. Come visit our other locations," Stamos said.
Stamos didn't rule out the possibility of re-opening the restaurant there or at a different location in Three Village. He said the hurricane happened to coincide roughly with the time the restaurant's lease was up.
J&R's is not the only vacancy in the Coventry Commons center. Nasrin's Hair Creations recently closed its doors as well; a handful of other empty storefronts remain.
A representative of Stoneybrook Realty LLC, the Brooklyn-based company that owns the Coventry Commons shopping center, declined to comment.
Stoneybrook Realty LLC in 2000 announced a $5 million overhaul for the shopping center that would take several years to complete, according to an article in The New York Times.