Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Danny’s Chinese Kitchen in Bellmore may look like a typical mom-and-pop Chinese takeout, nearly ubiquitous across Long Island, but the reality is quite different. The restaurant, which opened six years ago, is owned by two Jewish brothers from Merrick, Danny and David Antin. “Some people come in and see us behind the counter and they look confused as to whether we’re a real Chinese restaurant,” says David, joking. The origins of Danny’s can be traced back to the Rockaways, where the brothers were raised. As Danny tells it, he started working at a local Chinese restaurant while attending college at Long Island University. The restaurant, East Meets West, happened to be owned by a family friend and retired NYPD detective, Bill Keating. Keating, who still owns East Meets West and has been in the business for 25 years, recalls Danny as a “sweetheart, one of the best.” He explains that Danny started out as a counter person and then learned “the ways of the kitchen, forging strong personal relationships with the chefs and kitchen workers.”Keating helped Danny before he opened Danny’s Chinese Kitchen. Unbeknownst to Danny, his past relationships at East Meets West would prove vital to the new restaurant. Before Danny’s existed, both Danny, 36, and his brother David, 45, were working as accountants. Danny worked for eight years for a large public accounting firm while David had a successful 20-year career in finance. When Danny pondered a career change, David recalled Danny saying he was “never happier” than when he worked at the Chinese takeout place. And David recalled people in his neighborhood lamenting the lack of “good Chinese food” in the area. That helped steer Danny to the restaurant business, and with David as a silent partner, Danny’s opened its first location in 2014. Danny even tapped the former chef at East Meets West, Mr. Lin, to take over kitchen duties, although Danny would continue to help with cooking. As Danny’s got busier, it became evident that he needed help. So, it was natural that David, who was wrapping up his career in finance, would join Danny as a full-time partner in the business in March 2019. But then the pandemic arrived with the new year and threatened to derail the restaurant’s strong growth. Danny’s closed on March 16 for 35 days due to concerns for the staff and customers alike. From January through March, the brothers say their business was down by almost 40 percent because people thought “they could get Covid-19 from eating Chinese food.” “People were scared,” David recalls. He added that they had to work through various fears of people regarding touching surfaces, bags, etc. He says that being entrenched in the community and hiring mostly local employees meant taking precautions seriously, including buying high-quality masks and using enhanced cleaning protocols. When Danny’s reopened in mid-April, David said they had to take matters into their own hands because few workers were available. “At one point, we were driving a truck to our Hicksville warehouse and getting all of our food supplies since things were so stalled due to Covid-19,” David says, recalling how he smelled like “raw chicken,” on most days. “People were dying for Chinese food…they hadn’t had it for months and we wanted to be there for the community.” But, despite Covid-19, the brothers opened a new location in Massapequa in May of this year, near another former Chinese takeout, Chow Superb Chinese Food. “We couldn’t get any contractors to come out, so we did much of the work on this spot ourselves, including painting and electrical work,” David notes. And the brothers’ expansion plans aren’t yet complete, as they are planning an Oceanside location, set to open in 2021. Danny’s varied menu includes more than a few hundred items to choose from, including specialties such as sesame chicken, beef with broccoli, General Tso’s chicken, salmon Hunan style, spare ribs, and special creations, such as pastrami and apple pie egg rolls. “We’re obsessed with customer service, cleanliness, and quality food that includes getting daily shipments of fresh vegetables, chicken and meat,” David says, explaining what makes Danny’s different.He also adds that their prices are comparable to most other Chinese takeouts. “We’re not reinventing Chinese food,” he says, “but we’re doing it right.” Danny’s Chinese Kitchen is located at 2370 Merrick Rd., Bellmore 516-783-9000 and 20 Broadway, Massapequa 516-809-9970. Visit at dannyschinesekitchen.com.For more food and drink coverage, visit longislandpress.com/category/food-drink Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. 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The vendor of 50 Overlea Street, Nudgee, has offered to pay the stamp duty of whoever buys the home.A homeowner has taken matters into her own hands, offering to pay tens of thousands in stamp duty for the person who buys her home, hoping to drive in offers faster for the property.After just over two months on the market, Jennifer Lonton decided to add a sweetener to her home sale, offering to pay what could end up being just over $24,000 in stamp duty for the person who buys the property.MORE: Designer’s Noosa home nets $10m$2 billion development has beach appealQLD postcodes lead first home loan deposit scheme take-upOpen plan living.Well set up for anyone needing to work from home.“We have decided to offer to pay the purchaser’s stamp duty in an attempt to get things moving,” she said.The home at 50 Overlea Street, Nudgee, has been listed for sale with the owners open to offers over $860,000.“We had the house built in 2008. The people who have inspected it all said that it looks brand new,” Mrs Lonton said. “The photos on the internet show it exactly as it is.”Wheelchair friendly inside and out.The master bedroom and ensuite.The family hopes to downsize into another suburb in Brisbane’s northside after the sale.Agent Margaret Edwards of @realty described the property as an “exceptional family home, designed with a professional couple in mind”.She said it would “enable you to work from home in the spacious, purpose-built and fully-fitted office/study”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoThe home has been set up with luxury finishes.The home has a 324sq m internal area and an additional 54sq m external area under the roof.It has five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double garage on a 766sq m block.“The extra-large garage will accommodate two 4×4 vehicles, plus workshop and hobby areas,” was how it was listed.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58The property was built to be wheelchair friendly throughout including the garage. It also has solar hot water plus a solar power system, with Crimsafe security screen on all windows with glazed doors.“This dwelling is located in a quiet street in an elevated part of Nudgee, surrounded by other quality homes. There is also a lovely park at the end of the street and direct access to the network of Brisbane bikeways.”MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS
It was announced late yesterday that global esports brand Fnatic had raised over $7million (£5.64m) in financing.The investment comes from a plethora of investors, with big names such as the Boston Celtics and AS Roma featuring prominently. On the AS Roma front it’s not the first time they’ve been involved with Fnatic. Their recent soft launch into esports came in a joint venture with Fnatic. The three players who were chosen to represent AS Roma also featured the Fnatic crest on their shirts. “There has been strong growth in esports, which has accelerated in recent years, but the major shift has been in the acceptance and inclusion by sports franchises, media companies and high profile individuals who have entered and advanced the industry rapidly,” revealed Sam Matthews, Founder of Fnatic, in a press release. He added: “We’re incredibly excited by the opportunities available within esports, and having world class investors and advisors only enhances our ability to address these opportunities and continue to innovate.”According to the announcement, the funding will be used for an array of purposes. It ranges from the personnel side such as: coaches, analysts and psychologists all the way to facility infrastructure and academy teams, and even products and apparel. It’s the latest burst of activity from Fnatic, after their partnerships with Roma and Chinese agency B.O.O.T. The brand is synonymous with success across many esports, with ten professional teams currently competing across a multitude of titles. Surely the next eye is on the Overwatch League, of which we still await more details.With a job advertisment on their website for an Overwatch Team Manager in Los Angeles – could that be where the Fnatic Overwatch franchise will find themselves based? Only time will tell.Esports Insider says: Great news for Fnatic – one of the biggest esports brands around. It’s great to see them attract such substantial investment as it will likely only mean good things for growth of esports. We’ll be intrigued to see the brand’s next move having had this injection of funding.