LI BBQ joint battle heats up

July 14, 2009 3:38:32 PM PDT
People who live near a barbecue restaurant on Long Island are engaged in a heated debate with the owner over the smells wafting out of the eatery. Smokin' Al's, in Massapequa Park, has been at the center of the controversy since it opened in November.

Al Horowitz describes the scent as the "sweet aroma of barbecue." But neighbors say it isn't so sweet when the smell is present every day.

"It's a nice smell when you smell it for the first time," 43-year-old Josephine Strassel told Newsday. "But when you have to smell it from when you wake up to when you go to sleep, it's nauseating."

Horowitz told the newspaper he tried to address the concerns by installing a $10,000 double-filtration system over his barbecue smokers. Now, Horowitz has been issued four summonses for failing to fix the problem.

Mayor James Altadonna told Newsday that the restaurant was given a certificate of occupancy on the condition that there was "zero odor or minimal odor."

Horowitz says he has done everything he is willing to do after discouraged by the $200,000 price tag and two-month installation of an advanced system. His attorney has filed a motion to dismiss the charges.

But residents remain outraged, adding the restaurant also causes a parking logjam that even blocks driveways.

Horowitz told Newsday the complaints have left him weary.

"I'm a barbecue guy," he told the newspaper. "It's what I love to do. I don't love getting into lawsuits and battles."


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