Zorn’s, Long Island’s most famous hometown chicken and turkey restaurant, is rebuilding its original roost in Bethpage, where its first location opened 78 years ago.
The take-out and catering business is breaking ground later this year on a new 8,000-square-foot building on the western side of its current location at 4321 Hempstead Tpke., the company said. It is borrowing several million to fund the transformation. The new location will include a small dining area, an addition Zorn’s attributed to popular demand.
“We will continue to serve up our well-loved traditional recipes,” said Merrill S. Zorn, the company’s CEO. “Everything you have come to know and love about Zorn’s—our quality, freshness and friends staff—will not change”
Merrill’s grandfather, Peter Zorn, founded the business in 1940.
The current Zorn’s of Bethpage building will remain open throughout the construction of the new structure. Once the new building opens early next year, all employees will be shifting there.
“Our Zorn’s of Bethpage family looks forward to continuing to serve your family as we embark on this exciting new chapter in our history,” said Merrill Zorn.