Zorns of Bethpage: Old Traditions With New Beginnings

Zorn’s of Bethpage is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

Zorn’s of Bethpage has been the comfort food destination on Hempstead Turnpike since opening its iconic blue-and-white doors in 1940.

Since starting as a poultry farm with a plywood sign that attracted travelers to “buy your turkeys here,” nowadays Zorn’s of Bethpage provides all the components for a savory meal rather than just a bird. With chicken and waffles, spare ribs, and even spaghetti and meatballs, the take-home market’s menu encompasses much more than its farmstead precursor.

In May, Zorn’s moved into a newly done restaurant and workspace on its original plot of land in Bethpage while closing its original historic market in the process.

“We are focusing on old traditions with new beginnings, as we open this new chapter in the history of Zorn’s of Bethpage,” said Merrill S. Zorn, the company’s CEO.

“The entire design, build and move-in process has been emotional for me and my staff,” she said about moving into the 8,000-square-foot facility that will also handle Zorn’s catering division.

This new-and-improved space offers a dine-in area, something that many customers have been long awaiting, in addition to other comfortable amenities that mix a Long Island family business history with changing times.

“We will continue to serve up our well-loved traditional recipes,” said Zorn. “Everything you have come to know and love about Zorn’s — our quality, freshness and friendly staff — will not change.”

That’s in addition to turkey dinners, homestyle chicken dinners for one, and mouth-watering side dishes like homemade chicken pot pie, corn nuggets, and potato pancakes, with classics like fries, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and cheese naturally thrown into the mix.

For those hosting one last summer party, there’s Zorn’s backyard picnic package. It provides a rotisserie chicken, a skinless Southern fried chicken, all-beef hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw, macaroni salad, corn on the cob with butter, apple pie, and watermelon, with (of course) ketchup, mustard, relish, plates, forks, knives, serving utensils, and napkins.

Zorn’s of Bethpage is located at 4321 Hempstead Tpke. in Bethpage. They can be reached at 516-731-5500 or zornsofbethpage.com