Mesita authentic Mexican restaurant opening in Amityville, first of four coming to Suffolk


The Mesita eastern expansion into Suffolk County has officially begun.

In an Instagram post Saturday, the popular authentic Mexican eatery announced its Amityville restaurant will open at 8 Green Ave. by year’s end.

Vacant since 2020, the two-story building was most recently a Chase bank. Now, the structure’s more-than-a-century-old history will continue as a a hot spot for authentic Mexican eats, such as tamales, street corn and sweet plantains.

“We’re very excited to be bringing our brand into Suffolk County,” John Starr, one of Mesita’s owners, said in a telephone interview. “What we’re really excited about in Amityville is it’s a very famous building on Long Island. It’s iconic, it used to be a bank, and it’s just going to be unbelievable.”

When Mesita opens in the storied Amityville building, Starr confirmed, guests can expect the “same food they are loving, same drinks, same decor, same everything” as the restaurant’s Rockville Centre and Garden City locations.

In addition to Amityville, Starr confirmed plans for three additional Mesita eateries in Suffolk County by the end of 2023. The owners hope to branch into either Commack or Smithtown up north, and Bay Shore and Patchogue along the south shore.

Starr said plans are also underway for a seventh Mesita to open in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, next year.

The popular restaurant brand’s skull and luchador decorum helps it stand out amongst other main street night spots. Among options that attract groups of friends are its fire-grilled steak, shrimp and chicken fajita platters, and the 36-ounce mega margarita.

Top: The old vacant Chase Bank 8 Green Ave., the site of the forthcoming Mesita. (