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Yesterday, residents of Ronkonkoma were approached at Hawkins Avenue by Cracker Barrel staff / executives. They were asked if they thought if this area was a good one for a restaurant like this. MyRonkonkoma editors will be calling the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in Lebanon Tennessee Headquarters for a statement.

Cracker Barrel on Long Island? Cracker Barrel in Ronkonkoma.  Dairy Queen said yes to Massapequa and look how that is turning out… 2 hour waits to get in…. stay tuned.

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  1. YES!! we need a cracker barrel in ronkonkoma…pleaseee?????????

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  2. As much as I love Cracker Barrel when visiting other sates, such as Virginia, Massachusetts and Tennessee, I don’t think Ronkonkoma is the best place for it. I think of this restaurant/store in more of an open area, and not shoved into some strip mall as it probably would be. And the lines would be as long or longer to get in as it is to IHOP on Portion Road.

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    • that’s good news! I cant wait, ive seen the advertisements on TV. I bet the food is great!!

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    • They are thinking about the old bavarion inn property…very ruel

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  3. As a former employee I can say that Ronkonkoma is NOT the best place for a cracker barrel, but LONG ISLAND does need one, SUFFOLK COUNTY! do you hear me CRACKER BARREL? you’ll be thanking me after!! lol try Riverhead Tanger Outlets (for a more country feel!) or maybe Smithtown.. not too sure but it would be great! I wonder if they would have to raise the prices because Long Island is so ridiculous.. I can’t imagine keeping them so cheap. Come on over CB!

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  4. ABOUT TIME Long Island gets a Cracker Barrel! But like others have said, Ronkonkoma is NOT the best place for it. Riverhead Tanger Outlets is honestly the best place I could say to put one.

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  5. We definitely need one but I can think of many other locations that are better suited than Ronkonkoma. Like someone else stated, maybe near the outlets in Riverhead or maybe Commack. Definitely can’t picture Ronkonkoma.

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  6. I think central long island (Ronkonkoma) is a good place for a cracker barrel, maybe where the otb used to be off portion road.

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    • There is not enough room there for a Cracker Barrel. Have you seen the size of them? And definitely not enough parking.

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  7. Ronkonkoma is a GREAT LOCATION on Long Island for a Cracker Barrel.

    Put it somewhere near Red Lobster, Smokey Bones and Island 16 Movie Theatre… With a sign on the service road of the Long Island Expressway. Just like we see them everywhere else, off the highway.

    Cracker Barrel has to get land cheap enough to keep their pricing low, yet support the high traffic.

    So whether you are going to the Riverhead outlets or just want to come out from Nassau County with a more country feel.

    Ext 59-62 may be the site location for our 1st Cracker Barrel on Long Island.

    Simply an educated guess.

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    • I agree It would be a great spot.. and close enough for lunch.. I love Cracker Barrel..

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    • I think Cracker Barrel will make a killing on Long Island. Ronkonkoma does need a facelift, some new shops, restaurants, etc. along Portion and Hawkins especially, but there is no area large enough to house this establishment in that area. There are so many vacant buildings that could be used along the LIE or even along Sunrise Highway within Suffolk County. Riverhead has too many good restaurants already, why not put a good one here.

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  8. I love the Cracker Barrel shops…,yes its about time we have one here on Long Island…I think the Huntington or Greenlawn area would be perfect..It is an area of mixed ages and Im sure it would be welcomed with open arms…There are so few really good home style resturants here and most where the food is good are way overpriced…Please,please come and show us what real home style food is really like and the Gift shop would be a big Plus…Just perfect..love it…

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  9. Its been about 4 months, any update on this?

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  10. LONG ISLAND NEEDS A CRACKER BARREL- bring it on!!!!!

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    • We need a Cracker Barrel out here.. How about Manorville or Riverhead??? YAY!

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  11. yes…. i want a cracker barrel.

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  12. What’s wrong with Ronkonkoma?? As a resident of Ronkonkoma for 45 years I CAN say YES to a Cracker Barrel. It would bring more money and JOBS to OUR area! Smithtown and Riverhead have PLENTY of Restaurants. My kids could use a walk-to job at a nice establishment. BRING IT ON CB! We visit you on every trip off the island and would love to see you come here!

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  13. Sure, a Cracker Barrel would be great !!! Need more choices on the L I E for people traveling !!!

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  14. We need one that way I don’t have to drive to one out of state!

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  15. Absutely. But Holtsville would be better. Like over at Island 16 off the LIE At exit 62. Store needs to be centrally located and off of a major roadway.

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    • I agree that it should be off LIE, and like other CB ‘s, easy on and off major highway. Exit 62 has some open area as does other exits a little further east. Not at Tanger, it’ll be too congested, so possibly closer western area but definitely off LIE for visitors n truckers!!!

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  16. Sure, why not add yet another run of the mill, heart attack causing, cholesterol filled restaurant to the many on Long Island? Homestyle food? I think not. It’s about as homestyle as Olive Garden is actual Italian and Red Lobster is real seafood. I was once at a Cracker Barrel while traveling and it is no more impressive then Dennys. The garbage in the country store is mass produced and is no way country. Let’s stop welcoming the over-rated chain restaurants to Long Island much like we welcome stores like Walmart and start supporting small mom and pop eateries and shops. Those are authentic, no CB.

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    • Kudos!!! Well said and much agreed!!! The last thing our island needs is just another way to die earlier, get fatter, support factory farming and china producing the millions of useless plastic crap that will just end up filling our landfills…

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  17. I would LOVE a Cracker Barrel here on Long Island. It is my favorite place to eat and to SHOP.

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  18. Well, considering that during peak hours BLD is full up – or at least it was the last couple of times I tried to get in on a Sunday – it seems there would be room for a Cracker Barrel. Overall, I like local places better than chains, but I can see where a Cracker Barrel could attract people and be good for business in general if it were located near other stores.

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  19. A great big yes.there are so many spots along portion road. Hope it happens

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  20. When I plan out of state vacations I make sure I stop at least once at a CB. I am a Long Islander at heart but not sure Long Island is the place for them. This is a residential community. “visitors” are on their way to their summer residents at the east end. There is only one way on & off LI. CB works well in areas with traffic from all over. However if you insist on having a CB on LI there should be two; one in Suffolk County & one in Nassau County, in the middle of each county not the east end. Both with easy on and off main highway. A place where people can stop on the way to and from where they are going.

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  21. I’ve been to several Cracker Barrel’s along I-95 in the past 3 years traveling to Florida and have never had a problem. I agree with Kevin a Central Locatation off the LIE or Sunrise Highway would be better. Just think on the way to the Hamptons stopping at Cracker Barrel for a good reasonable priced meal. Lets hope this HAPPENS i’ll be one of there best customers.

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  22. Bring it on! There is never enough of these establishments. Ronkonkoma is only getting more and more populated!

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  23. I agree we NEED a cracker barrel on long island. I also think riverhead would be an excellent location! I can’t keep taking trips to CT for my hashbrown casserole fix. Please please open up on long island!

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  24. I think it’s a great idea! Put it where waldbaums or sears hardware was!!

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  25. Yes! This is a great location for a Cracker Barrel. Right off of the LIE, mid-island, and near to the airport AND train station. It would be awesome.

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  26. Oh please please please!!!!!!

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  27. The same thing happened with Denny’s in Centereach and Sonic on DPA a few years ago. You couldn’t get near those places when they first opened. Once the hype calms down, it’ll be fine, just like the others. Bring it on Cracker Barrel, and while you’re at it, let’s have a DQ in Suffolk!

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  28. Yes It would be great to have a Cracker barrel in suffolk county. Also maybe we could get a Hardees?

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  29. I have previously lived in the south and Cracker Barrel is the one restaurant I would never say no to It was always a great experience. I would love to see a Cracker Barrel in Ronkonkoma or any other town on Long Island.

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  30. Great. Everytime i travel to Ronkonkoma from Puert Rico i have to go to Jersey to Cracker Barrel for me is the best place for Breakfest like Maureens kitchen.

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  31. I think it’s a good place for a Cracker Barrel.

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  32. As a former Lake Ronkonkian (lol) now living in San Antonio, its great to hear Cracker Barrel may open in Ronkonkoma.The French toast is amazing!!!! Also check out Texas Road house in Centereach (another San Antonio restuarant) the steaks are amazing.

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  33. I have been leaving messages on the Cracker Barrel Site and asking everyone I know to contact them to let them know that the LIE would be a great location for one of their fabulous Country Stores. Looks like all my efforts have paid off. I am very excited.

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  34. NO to another corporate restaurant!!! Plenty of local places with great food!!!! Keep Cracker Barrel for the road trip!!

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  35. Yes yes yes . Well two locations on portion rd where the old sears or walbaums was its stiil vacant. Oh 3places where the diner Was . Anyway hopeing for a cracker barrel.. please .

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  36. I personally would love a Cracker Barrel, that area in ronkonokma will be perfect when the new ronkonkoma hub is built (the project that Includeds restricting the whole area around the railroad station for businesses, a shuttle to the airport from the Train station and lower cost housing) Why would it be a bad thing if there is lines I don’t understand that, should we not open any more good restaurants or fast food places because people want to eat there. The fact lake grove turned away sonic I believe because of lines is retarded. A busy buisness no matter what it is puts money back into the community, it creates jobs we need and tax money we could use. The ignorance of people Behooves me.

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  37. I would love a Cracker Barrel in Suffolk county. I travel to Conneticut when I can but a closer one would be great. Love Cracker Barrel!!!!

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  38. Where Hooters used to be in Islandia would be a great location. Very central, right off LIE and close to Vets Highway

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  39. YES!!
    Bring on Cracker Barrel. It will take off like Southwest did at Islip.

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  40. Centerport. 25A, old Tung Ting location

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  41. This is GREAT news!!!! I’ve been writing to Cracker Barrell over and over telling them that LI needs one. I hope it comes soon

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  42. Nice. All for Cracker Barrel in Ronkonkoma. How about an ARBY’s????

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  43. I’m from Lake Grove and any where mid Suffolk would be great. I think to far east they would lose Alitalia of the western Suffolk maybe even Nassau customers.

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  44. How about renovating the existing building
    That used to house the Boulder Creek at
    South Shore Mall in Bayshore ? Easily
    accessible from both directions on Sunrise
    Hwy. and a good draw for the Hamptons
    and Fire Island crowd and an option to
    Fridays and Applebee’s.

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  45. I prefer a Waffle House.

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  46. Perhaps closer to the airport in Bohemia? Wherever but YES!!!!

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  47. Absolutely yes. They read my mind. I was just talking to friends about Long Island needing a Cracker Barrel and now I see this posting on Facebook. My original thought was Riverhead near the outlets, but Ronkonkoma is more central.

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  48. Ate at a few cracker barrels ,didn’t like it I say no

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  49. Yes!!! Again, I don’t think Ronkonkoma, but Commack or Smithtown would be great!! No more cooking for me!! No more 1 1/2 drives to get to the closest one! My day is complete!! YaYYY to CB!

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  50. Cracker Barrel should go out east.

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  51. Sure, Cracker Barrell on Long Island. Put it next to the OTB Casinos they are thinking of building at the old movie theater off Exit 64. A little gambling and downhome country food to remember why you shouldn’t be gambling in the first place. LOL

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  52. A Cracker Barrel on Long Island is great……. On the service road in Ronkonkoma works well….. Not in the Portion Rd area for traffic reasons. Too far out east like the outlets in Riverhead may be good for a second one for breakfast on the vineyard / farm stand trips but not as good as on the highway with all the volume that it gets in the Ronkonkoma area.
    As far as the “Heart Attack” comment…..I agree the menu isn’t the BEST but there so many other restaurants with menus that are worse. I could just live on the Cheesy Hash Brown casserole

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    • I agree, it needs to be placed right off of a highway for easy access to travelers who do not know the area. I think Sunrise or LIE would be perfect. It would be too confusing for people to try to find a cracker barrel on Portion or all the way up on Smithtown. There are not enough restaurants off the highways for travelers to stop and eat that are easy to stop at.

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  53. I think Cracker Barrel would do great in Ronkonkoma , I too think somewhere by Smokey Bones/ Red lobster would be perfect!! Can’t wait!!

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  54. Some concerns are site size for customer parking/physical store, and logistics of supporting that stores location. Big reason they’re not far off Interstates as to locations so their trucks can get there easier to restock stores.

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  55. Cracker Barrel would be a great establishment to have on the Island. We totally enjoy stopping at Cracker Barrel on our road trips.

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  56. My husband Would be so happy if Cracked Barrel came to Ronkonkoma. We wouldn’t have to drive put of NY to go every once in awhile. Just drive 10 minutes and we will be there. Please come the sooner the better

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  57. Cracker Barrel has been sued many times for racial discrimination. In all the restaurants they have all over the country they often promote from within, but had never promoted a black person beyond busboy at the time of the lawsuit. I don’t remember when I read about this but it was in the last 10 years. They put the Cracker in Cracker Barrel alright.

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  58. Fabulous, can not wait, right now the nearst is on Rte 95 in Connecticutt. One of my favorite restaurants when traveling. Food is great at reasonable pricing and homey atmosphere. Can’t wait,

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  59. The reason why these places do so well is that they are advertised tri-state and they arent even in NY. Its when you dont get to go somewhere all the time is when you end up liking the place. if you had it around all the time sooner or later you would get sick of it. If it had to be anywhere id say place it out east NOT near tanger it has to be in a place off the beaten path to give it that country feel it was meant to have.

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  60. how about along exit 64 were the old Brookhaven multiplex was

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  61. they need lots of acres to build

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  62. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE we NEED a cracker barrel on Long Island!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  63. Anywhere on long island that will have the 1st Cracker Barrel and do well and be successful! People will travel from all over the island to come to this CB. These people are proffessionals and have many successful stores. i am sure they will choose their spot wisely. Way to go Cracker Barrel…..bring it on!!

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  64. I grew up in Ronkonkoma and after attending school in RI and living in Miami I now own a home in Ronkonkoma where I am raising my daughter. am a little annoyed reading the comments “not Ronkonkoma” really? Ronkonkoma is a great place to live and if people need to stop trying to knock it down. The train station brings in thousands of commuters that would bring traffic into Cb. Kohls does fantastic business and that parking lot is always full. The perfect spot for CB could be right across from Kohls in that shopping center. They did an amazing job with Raynor Park and Cb would be a great place to take my daughter after playing. There are enough things going on in Riverhead, we need more successful businesses right in the heart of Ronnkoma!

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    • I completly agree Nicole! Ronkonkoma is right in the center of the island. PERFECT!!

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  65. I think smithtown or lake grove is a much better choice. Not ronkonkoma!! But hurry up and get here!!!!

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  66. Put it anywhere it will do well

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  67. ALL CRACKER BARRELS ARE LOCATED ONLY ON INTERSTATES. THE RONKONKOMA LOCATION OFF LIE IS PERFECT!! THE PARKING LOTS ARENT THAT HUGE THERE IS PLENTY ROOM THERE!!! IM SURE THE WOULD DO MEGA BUSINESS!!

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  68. Ronkonkoma would be a great spot for a cracker barrel we have a big hub ronkonkoma railroad station we love cracker barrel a good spot would be by the cvs on hawkins ave plenty of parking would love it in ronkonkoma !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  69. they should build it where The Bavarian Inn was, the spot right now is an eye sore, I’d like to see something in its place…. :)

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  70. Riverhead has enough places to eat out there already, besides I hate Riverhead… :)

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  71. We love Cracker Barrel! Ronkonkoma will be a great location. Riverhead is too far. You need a stop mid-island. Ronkonkoma is perfect!!!!!!! Can’t wait!!

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  72. Ronkonkoma BAVARIAN INN Site would be gorgeous to relax on the rocking chairs to see the lake! If you could improve the water table and parking….CVS did great sitework on a wet lot on Mill Road Huntington.

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  73. How about Jericho in the old Cerro wire location right next to and off of L.I.E.

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  74. Yes we want Cracker Barrel but more than 1 on Long Island!,

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  75. Portion road, Ronkonkoma old Sears site or Waldbaums , both empty, plenty of room and parking spaces. I won`t have to travel to Arizona for country food.

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  76. YES, YES YES….NOTHING MORE TO SAY…WELCOME CRACKER BARREL…LONG ISLAND FANS NEED THEIR CB FIX AND NOT HAVE TO WAIT TO TRAVEL 100+ MILES FOR IT !!

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  77. yes we need cracker barrel here in Ronkonkoma.. would be great for the community

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  78. Absolutely love Cracker Barrel – visit any time I am in Ct, RI, or on my way down South – we need one here on Long Island – love the food, the atmosphere, and the general store – please give us a Cracker Barrel on LI.

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  79. Yes, we would love to have a Cracker Barrel on Long Island. So many of my friends LOVE it!

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  80. YES!!!!!!! I’m sick of traveling just to conneticut to have my favorite meal! WE NEED ONE ON LONG ISLAND!!!

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  81. Oh yes please!!

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  82. Cracker Barrel would be a great addition to Ronkonkoma. Riverhead is too far. People from Nassau county would love to be able to enjoy it as well. Somewhere in the midsuffolk area would work out great for all Long Islanders and for Cracker Barrel. Anywhere in mid-Suffolk off of the expressway would be great or even in western suffolk.

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  83. YES PLEASE ME AND MY FAMILY LOVE CRACKER BARREL

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  84. I vote for this for my father. I moved to the south 13 years ago from Smithtown,NY. My father loves Cracker Barrel breakfast. The poor guy only gets it when he comes to visit.. maybe twice a year. Give my Dad a Cracker Barrel and we will figure out how to keep his weight down. Thanks

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  85. I THINK RONKONKOMA WOULD BE A GRAT PLACE FOR A CRACKER BARREL. WHY, WITH THE RONKONKOMA RAILROAD EXPANDING TO BE COMPLETLY MADE OVER.CRACKER BARREL SHOULD BE IN ON THE EXPANSION OF THE ENTIRE AREA. WE NEED SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN RONKONKOMA AND A CRACKER BARREL IS IT .ME AND MY FAMILY WENT TO ONE IN PENN. AND WE LOVED IT. MY WIFE WAS EXCITED WHEN SHE HEARD THEY WERE THING OF COMMING OUT HERE. IF THEY ARE SERIOUS ABOUT COMMING OUT HERE THEY SHOULD SERIOUSLLY LOOK INTO RONKONKOMA THEY WONT BE SORRY. PLUS IT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ISLAND

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  86. YES!!!! BUT, only if they keep the prices just as low as they are when I visit in NJ or PA. Love, love, LOVE them!

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  87. Riverhead would be the best place for that, there are plenty of storefronts that have openings ,it would be great to have one of them filled up with something like Cracker Barrel. Plus wiith all the new stores out here it would be nice to have a country feel kind of restaurant as well.

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  88. Would love to have one on long island. Would make tons of money.

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  89. The old brookhaven movie theater site off LIE exit 64 would be a fantastic spot!!

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  90. Long Island NEEDS a Cracker Barrel!!!! Ronkonkoma is central Long Island, so it would be great. It’s also real close to where I live so YAY!!!

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  91. When I use to tour with my band we’d eat at Cracker Barrel all the time, so to get one close to where I live would be amazing. Biscuits and gravy with everything!!!!!!

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  92. We definitely need a Cracker Barrel on Long Island. If not Ronkonkoma, then maybe Riverhead or somewhere out East.

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  93. This needs to happen..

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  94. Yyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeessssssss
    Of course we do. Have to travel so far to go.
    Would be wonderful

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  95. YES YES YES!!! DREAM COME TRUE!! I WILL BE THERE EVERYDAY!! YOU GOT MY MONEY CRACKER BARREL….!!! NOW COME!!!!!!!!

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  96. Yes yes yes!!! Cracker Barrel sounds like a perfect idea and I think Ronkonkoma is the best place for it!!! We love Cracker Barrel and I think I would get a ton of business and we would go there every weekend!! Please!!!!

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  97. Yes, we need a Cracker Barrel on Long Island. I have been In every Cracker Barrel from NJ. to Florida. It’s about time Long Island gets a Cracker Barrel store, or two or three????

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