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Pizza Hut to Open Doors in Mohegan Lake

The restaurant is expected to open for business at the end of April.

A long-term lease has been signed to bring Pizza Hut to Route 6 in the Mohegan Lake section of Yorktown. 

The national chain along with a self-serve ice cream shop, TCBY, will occupy 3,600 square feet of the 8,100 square feet of what was once Charlie Brown’s, which filed for bankruptcy and closed down in Nov. 2010. 

The remaining space, 4,500 square feet would be occupied by another company, the lease for which is currently being negotiated. Eric Goldschmidt of Goldschmidt & Associates, who is the leasing agent for the property, declined to identify it but he said it would be a "name brand that people will recognize."

Pizza Hut franchise and the renter of the location Mahandar "Moni" Patel said he would need to get a permit from Yorktown's building department before he can start construction, which he has planned for the end of January. If all goes well, he is looking to open doors at the end of April. 

Patel, a 15-year Yorktown resident, also owns the , located on Downing Drive in Yorktown. He said he has heard customers speak favorably of seeing Pizza Hut open in the area, especially since the closest one is in Pleasantville. The rest of the Pizza Hut locations in Westchester County include Scarsdale and New Rochelle.  

"They are all excited and cannot wait for me to open up," Patel said. "People are excited and they love the product."

When asked about how his business might affect other pizza restaurants, Patel said he hopes and prays that they all make money and said that while Pizza Hut has a similar product no matter where you go, the local 'mom and pop' shops have their own specialty. 

"I'm not trying to compete with the local 'mom and pop' shops," he said. 

Patel, who has signed a 30-year lease, said he has been in the food business for the last 15 years and it's always been his number one priority to keep the customers happy and not take anything for granted in the business. 

In addition, he said opening up a new business in town will provide employment opportunities. 

"We're looking forward to hiring at least 40 to 50 people and those people will be local in the community, kids working part time and full time," he said.

president Joseph Visconti said the new Pizza Hut would be moving into a great location because of the surrounding businesses, which could bring additional foot traffic into the restaurant, and because of the good parking there.

"It's a new business in town, we welcome them and we hope they're successful," he said. 

Yorktown councilman Nick Bianco said he too hoped the new business would do well in town. 

"With pizza, whoever serves the best will get the customers," he said. "To me, always competition is the way to go, it lowers the prices. There is a pizzeria on almost every corner and they seem to survive." 

Goldschmidt said Pizza Hut would be a plus to the town of Yorktown and bring more people to the area. He said competition is good, and while he does not think people go out for pizza every night, consumers would have another choice of a place to eat at. 

Take our poll below on how you feel about a Pizza Hut moving in.

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Gail Brenneis Fenty January 12, 2012 at 07:12 PM
An Olive Garden, Red Lobster or Outback Steakhouse would've been good choices.
Dave Engel January 15, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Yorktown should be ashamed of itself! One of the worst decisions the politicians could make! With 4 local pizza restaurants within a 2-block area already, how can they allow Pizza Hut to open a business in that location? Another example of politicians allowing corporate America to overtake the small "mom and pop" businesses. How can these small businesses compete with a corporation like Pizza Hut? Maybe concerned citizens should form their own 99% group to protest Corporate America - I'll be the president. Dave Engel kingpintwo99@aol.com
SPK January 23, 2012 at 07:08 PM
We could use Trader Joe in the old Circuit City site. Would be a hit on Day 1. Owners most certainly would prefer a reliable tenant over Nada Rent today. Could Shop Rite block it? Don't think so
SPK January 23, 2012 at 07:11 PM
If people want to patronize Pizza Hut over mom and pop, no one will stop them. Congrats to Yorktown for not interferring Suspect local mom and pop pizza shops with quality and value will do just fine
Bill January 23, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Let me say this again. Trader Joe's has shown that they have no interest in opening a store in our area. Many of us have asked, the towns may even have contacted them. Everyone suggesting that they open a location won't do any good, and they are not a franchise so you can't just open one yourself (like with Pizza Hut).
Bill January 23, 2012 at 07:19 PM
This isn't Katonah, chains are not banned from opening in Yorktown. And Pizza Hut will actually be a franchise operation, owned by the guy who owns that other culinary wasteland, Taco Bell in town. So in theory it is a "mom and pop" operation. BTW let me guess, you are also someone who wants less government.
Bill February 10, 2012 at 01:27 AM
So have contracts been signed? I have not seen any action at the old CB's location and would have expected to see a sign by now.
Bill February 29, 2012 at 02:50 AM
When I drove past this weekend, I noticed that the Charlie Browns sign was finally removed.
Bill Larson March 22, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Congrats Moni on opening another great franchise! Pizza Hut will be a great addition to Yorktown. Now if we get Costco in Yorktown too we can get great food and great shopping without having to drive to other towns and wasting gas!
Bill Larson March 22, 2012 at 03:22 PM
So by your argument we should halt any advancement in a town if it is creating a chain or a franchise? This franchise is going to be created and run by a local community business man. It is not created by a corporate giant. Local pizza places will do just fine, as they offer a different type of pizza than Pizza Hut.
Bill March 26, 2012 at 04:08 AM
So according to the sign in the window, this will be carryout and delivery only. Apparently no dine-in, unless the sign is not correct.
Parul April 28, 2012 at 02:20 AM
I heard that there will be a dine in. They have 70 seats and a salad bar!
Teleman April 28, 2012 at 02:46 AM
I think they should put a huge sporting goods store like Cabelas or Dicks in that location- Yorktown needs more hillbilly type stores to draw in the crowds.
Bill April 28, 2012 at 02:53 AM
I'm guessing that you don't realize that the location being discussed is not big enough for a "huge" store like the ones you are suggesting (not that it matters since it's fully rented now).
Teleman April 28, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Ok, maybe scaled down versions that sell camping, hunting equipment and firearms.
Bill April 30, 2012 at 12:05 AM
I find it hard to believe that there will be room for 70 people in that small space, given that it's less than half the size of CB's. And if it really is dine-in, the owner should have put that on the sign in the window rather than just saying take-out and delivery.
Bill April 30, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Sure because Dicks opens smaller size stores all over the place (hint: they do not). Dicks wanted to build a store at the JV Mall many years ago as a 3rd anchor. The town board gave them trouble about stuff like a parking garage (since there would not be enough parking with the space they'd be taking), and then the plan apparently died when the economy went south. I'd say the best chance for a store like Dicks is the State Land location on Route 202 where they are looking to build some big box stores. Of course, the could take the old Bed Bath & Beyond location on Route 202 if they had any interest in the area. BTW don't any of the local small sporting goods stores sell this stuff? I know that Walmart sells all of it, including guns.
Bill April 30, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Oh, and I strongly doubt that a store carrying the stuff you're asking for would "draw in the crowds". I agree that a normal sized Dicks store would be good to have.
roxanne federighi July 19, 2012 at 10:29 AM
it will not last anyway, like everything else around here. the rent is way too high
Nancy Haywood Semcken July 19, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Or how about a vegan or vegetarian restaurant? As a person with a medically restricted diet, I find it next to impossible to find a restaurant that serves healthfully prepared, nutritious, organic, and delicious cuisine.
jo July 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I avoid that part of route 6 like I avoid the plaque.. way tooooooooooooo much traffic..
Plamena Pesheva (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 01:07 PM
TCBY is schedule to have its grand opening on Saturday, July 21. There will be free ice cream, live music and more. More details here http://patch.com/A-wk2x.
William D'Avanzo July 20, 2012 at 07:15 AM
Most of the time I don't have a significant problem. It depends on the time of day.
John Wittier August 06, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Worst service ever! I waited to be seated for 10 minutes only after I said something to the cashier. ( 3pm on a Tuesday ) place was pretty empty and like 5 teenage waitress walking around like they were lost. After sitting down waited another 10 minutes and no one ever came over to take our order. Meanwhile, another person was complaining about waiting long to get his pizza. We got up and left. They should hire more experienced people and pay more attention to customer service. ...
Bill August 06, 2012 at 09:58 PM
I didn't even think that they were open yet (although I did just call and they told me they were open).
Bill August 06, 2012 at 10:03 PM
What else in that shopping center has closed, with the exception of Charlie Brown's which had corporate financial problems?
Vegas August 07, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Go to Nonna's Pizza, the best around here.
Dee Anthony Lloyd August 25, 2012 at 05:45 PM
CRY! CRY LIKE A BABY! TCBY IS AWESOME! WHY DO U HATE IT?! WELL,GUESS WHAT?! TCBY IS OPENING HERE! GET OVER IT!
Bill August 25, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Dee, your keyboard is broken. Please get a new one with a working shift key so you don't post all your stuff in all capital letters. It makes it sound like you are shouting. Or do you shout at people in person, too? Also, it's typically best not to reply to posts that are 7 months old as you did in this case. And TCBY has been open for several weeks already.
Courtney August 27, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I work at this pizza hut and its the best job ever, plus we DONT JUST SELL PIZZA!!!

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