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Roy Rogers may be heading back to Long Island

LONG ISLAND — Roy Rogers is looking at opening a restaurant on Long Island, six years after the chain closed its only location in the area.

“We are having a dialogue, and we are very interested in coming back to Long Island,” Roy Rogers Franchise Company co-president Jim Plamondon told Newsday.

Long Island residents got their last taste of Roy Rogers in 2010 when the company closed its restaurant in Shirley.

Plamondon said there’s no specific date on when a location will pop up on Long Island, but hopes “that the Long Island market develops for us in the near term.” Trying to find affordable real estate is one issue it’s facing.

There’s currently no Roy Rogers location in New York City or Long Island, according to its website. The last restaurant on Seventh Avenue near Penn Station shut its doors in 2015. Many of the New York-area ones were sold to other chains like Wendy’s and Burger King, Newsday reported.

Fans of the chain are able to enjoy the food in New Jersey, where three new locations just opened in Brick, Edison and Flemington this year. There are 11 locations in that state, according to the company’s website.

Roy Rogers released the following statement to PIX11:

“We are aggressively seeking to return to Long Island – and other parts of New York and the Northeast – by finding qualified franchise partners interested in developing multiple restaurants with us. In 2016, we have opened three new restaurants in New Jersey, two in Maryland and one in Virginia. Going forward, we hope to open four to six locations each year, including opening new restaurants in both Nassau County and Suffolk County. We have a lot of fans out there from the past, and our menu, highlighted by our trio of roast beef, burgers and chicken entrees and our legendary Fixin’s Bar, is gaining more and more new fans all the time. Based on that appeal and the comments we have received from fans eager for our return, we’re confident that Long Island will be a great market for us.”