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Prime Burger Bar aims to open in Plainview this winter

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Burgers, cookie-topped shakes and craft beers are all on tap for Plainview in the coming months.

Renovations are underway at 1048 Old Country Road in the Morton Village Plaza for the forthcoming Prime Burger Bar in Plainview.

Richard Bedrosian, who already owns an existing Prime BurgerBar in Commack, as well as the Babylon Burger Bar, said Plainview was an easy choice for his new joint.

“I’m amazed at how many Plainview people go to the burger bars,” Bedrosian, 70, of Dix Hills said. “I think it’s going to be one of our biggest locations.”

Inside the Plainview restaurant, Bedrosian said customers can expect “exactly what you see in Babylon and Commack. It’s the same menu.”

The most popular items on those menus are — as the name would suggest — the burgers. Diners can build their own or choose the bar’s creations, such as the Drunken Goat with herb honey whipped goat cheese, candied bacon and cabernet sauce, or the Fire Island that comes with pepper jack cheese, bacon, fresh jalapeño and chipotle aioli.

“We have a blend of chuck, short rib and ribeye steak blended into our burgers,” Bedrosian said. “People bite into it and go ‘This is the best burger I ever had,’ because it’s not just chuck meat.”

The restaurant owner, who enjoyed a long career in the hospitality industry, said Prime’s Super Duper milkshakes topped with candy, cookies and cake are another popular draw. The $15 sugary treats help round out the establishment as a family-friendly restaurant.

“Even though it says Burger ‘Bar,’ it’s such a family friendly restaurant,” Bedrosian said. “The father gets what he wants, a great burger. We got 20 craft beers on tap. And the kids get their super shakes. Everyone’s happy.”

The goal: March 1

The Prime Burger Bar in Plainview is the fourth burger bar Bedrosian has opened. In addition to Commack and Babylon, he opened the NY Burger Bar in Massapequa. However, he is in the process of selling his stake in that establishment to another partner.

His latest endeavor will boast a similar decorum to his other locations and seat around 80 guests. Just like the Prime Burger Bar of Commack, there is a separate dining room in the back. On nights when local sports games play at the bar, families can opt for a table away from lively fans.

Opening this latest venture has unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from slower approval processes to contractors and workers testing positive for the virus.

Bedrosian said he is still hiring staff for the new location. He said that people interested in applying can send him an email at LIPG1@aol.com.

“We’re already behind the eight ball a little bit,” he said. I don’t know what I’m going to be facing coming into this year. But hopefully we can stay on schedule and if we do, then by March 1, I’ll open up.”