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Sabra Pizza Closing Shop

Last day of business will be Feb. 18.

After about 40 years in business, Cedarhurst’s Sabra Pizza will soon close its doors.

“The Barnes family and our most loyal staff extend sincerest gratitude for decades of patronage and your genuine friendship,” reads a sign on the window of the store, at 560 Central Ave.

The last day of business for the kosher pizza shop will be Feb. 18, which the sign points out is “Chai.” 

5TResident February 06, 2013 at 10:50 PM
So here we have evidence that there is a saturation point for kosher restaurants on Central Avenue. I hope something more useful to the entire community moves in so the Orthodox haters will be happier and stop their griping for five minutes.
Gregg Kurlander February 06, 2013 at 10:53 PM
What an odd comment 5TResident.
Carmela Soprano February 07, 2013 at 12:51 AM
I can't believe they have been here for 40 years! I remember when they first opened up. My favorite place for falafels. Thanks for a great 40 years Sabra and the Barnes family!
Carmela Soprano February 07, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Uncalled for.
Gedaliah Hoffmann February 07, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Its a shame! I'm going to miss you Sabra!!!!!!
Chaim Sandler February 07, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Sorry Carmela & Gregg but can I understand the "Orthodox haters" remark from 5TResident. Some of the comments that have been posted in the past have been hateful and downright nasty.
Carmela Soprano February 07, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Get over it and move on. Think of ALL the people and what we ALL have in common, not just the segregationists.
5TResident February 07, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Carmela Soprano: That is what I was trying to point out - the Orthodox haters think that we are some kind of religious Mafia, only "allowing" Orthodox-owned stores to remain open while all of the other ones close. This closing, and others like it (King David restauant, a Central Avenue fixture, closed last year, the kosher Subway on Central Avenue changed over to non-kosher last year as well and Bari on Cedarhurst Avenue has been closed for a long time now) establish that kosher restaurants are susceptible to the same supply and demand economics as everyone else's and are not open due to the strongarm support by the Orthodox. As for it being "uncalled for", you are flat out wrong. If a non-kosher restaurant had closed, you can bet your bottom dollar that the Orthodox haters like Bojames and the others would have been screaming at the tops of their lungs about the Orthodox takeover. Because the store was kosher, the silence from Bojames and the others is deafening. Hypocrites.
Gregg Kurlander February 07, 2013 at 09:26 PM
I thought the comment was odd more because that Pizza store serviced my parents myself and my children. It serviced orthodox, non-affiliated, and people not of the Jewish faith so I'm not sure why 5TResident thinks something "more useful" could be there. A pizza store servicing a community for four decades is not useful? Good luck finding something "more useful."
James Rotenberg February 07, 2013 at 09:43 PM
I'm always baffled by 5 Towns Jewish culture. I don't keep Kosher but many of my closest friends do. They consider themselves "modern Orthodox" and seem to be more intolerant of the "black hats" (their name, not mine) than I am. Here is I don't get: when we go out to eat with them, we generally go out of the Community and eat in a non-Kosher Italian Restaurant where they will order pasta and/or fish and a plain salad. However, when eating in the Community we must eat in a restaurant approved by the 5 Towns VAAD. The wives say this is because of the peer group pressures applied in the Community and the "gossip" that would happen if they were seen eating elsewhere. They also admit to dressing more modestly when in the Community then when outside the Community. The men admit that there is almost a competition among their peers who is "more Jewish." Frankly, growing up in a Conservative home, I sit there quietly bemused but recall my parents driving to schul, parking about 4 blocks away, and walking the rest of the way. I would love to hear comments on whether this is common or are my Orthodox friends just weird.
5TResident February 07, 2013 at 09:49 PM
James: if your friends will eat in a non-kosher restaurant, no matter where it is, then they are not Orthodox Jews, no matter what they call themselves. By eating in kosher restaurants when they are in the community, only to avoid "gossip", they are demonstrating hypocrisy and contempt for the kosher laws. Either you are Orthodox or you aren't. Don't be guided by your friends' behavior. They are hypocrites and phonies.
Bojames February 08, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Thanks for noticing. Silent because unaware of it, my life is NOT spent on monitoring the Orthodox community. Not really care about specific places closing do not shop Cedarhurst much. But concerned about any business closing...a sign of bad economy. Not a "hater" Just like more diversity in the community and it is much less diverse than it had been. Moved to suburbs to get away from the crowing of Brooklyn only to have it follow me here. Also do not like the the fact that there are more religious schools in the area...more buses...more crowding ,becoming one dimensional. Every new school and every new shul means one less property on the tax rolls so others pay more taxes, unless of course you have a NYS "clergy exemption" which averages $12,000 off school taxes in Hewlett Woodmere, with over 50 such inflated exemptions in Lawrence.
Neil Metz February 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM
There are many Orthodox Jews In town. Both with Black hats and not. I'm not sure what the Chai tea mention is about. Maybe a coffee shop will open. I liked their pizza anyways.


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