LI’s Haunted House Of Hamburgers Owner: ‘It’s Rewarding’
FARMINGDALE, NY — Are you up for a Boo Burger? Or perhaps a Petrifying Chicken Parm sandwich, or even an I-Scream shake or sundae?
You can choose from a variety of aptly-named burgers, sandwiches, entrees, appetizers, breakfast items, desserts and more that you would expect from the Haunted House of Hamburgers, where “every day is Halloween.” The restaurant, at the site of the old Friendly’s at 330 Fulton Street, Farmingdale, is set to open at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25.
People who pull up to the Haunted House of Hamburgers will be treated to outdoor decor like jack-o’-lanterns, sculptures of Frankenstein and his bride, tombstones with humorous texts, and more.
Owner Jordan Desner, 48, wants the interior of the tricked-out eatery to be a surprise to diners, but they will be greeted with the dark and spooky atmosphere befitting a place designed for Halloween. He said the design of his business came out “better than expected” after “endless” labor, as he wanted to open in time for the season.
“I can never fully explain how much work went into this,” Desner told Patch. “This project probably should’ve taken a year and a half. We did it in like four months.”
Desner said it is “rewarding” to have accomplished his goal of preparing his new venture by his self-imposed deadline. He added that it was “vital” to hit the goal.
“If this was another time of year, I wouldn’t be rushing,” Desner said. “But I’m rushing because of Halloween. We killed ourselves. I think I lost 10 years off my life.”
While the restaurant is suited for Halloween, Desner believes good food is key to keep people coming year-round.
“We only bought top-notch food,” said Desner, adding that good-quality beef is what makes a good hamburger.”
The ambiance is just as important, he said.
“We are trying to bring a touch of Disney World to Long Island. This is a destination.”
People can build their own burgers or choose from a handful of signature options. There are also turkey or impossible patty options. For those who don’t want a burger, there are also chicken sandwiches, flatbread RIPizzas, hot dogs, eerie entrees, soups, salads, appetizers and more.
Once or twice a month, the restaurant will host its Horror-Q nights, where it will offer a full barbeque menu complete with ribs, brisket, chicken, pulled pork, a burger and more. The breakfast menu will feature pancakes, waffles, French toast, crepes, chicken and waffles, build-your-own ominous omelets and more.
There will also be a full list of Witches Brews and Crypt Keeper Cocktails and Mocktails.
For fans of the old Friendly’s who miss the restaurant chain’s ice cream sundaes, the cold treats will be a core part of the Haunted House of Hamburger’s dessert menu. Other offerings include pie, make-your-own S’Mores, milkshakes and more.
Desner encouraged everyone to wear costumes to the Haunted House of Hamburgers.
“It’s Halloween 365 here.”
Desner shouted out Donna Greenfield of Green Street Custom Designs for the exterior painting and Little Spider Creations of South Carolina, which served as the theming specialists.