Willistons' Opens in Renovated TR's Great American Building in Williston Park


Newly renovated spot is lighting up social media.

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Photo: Willistons' Facebook page.

Formerly TR's Great American, the building on the corner of Hillside and Pennsylvania Avenues in Williston Park has been completely renovated and recently reopened as Willistons'.


According to an article in Newsday, the new restaurant is owned by a couple of locals, John O'Hara and Joe Leone.


Both were friends since elementary school and hung out together at TR's Great American.


The new design has been lighting up review sites with people commenting on how the atmosphere is upscale yet still feels down to earth.


On Yelp, Jessica W said that the renovations are stunning.


“I love the new style, the ambiance, and the photos on the walls,” she said.


Laurie W gave Willistons’ five stars.


“My husband and I have been eagerly anticipating the opening of Willistons' from the day construction began,” she wrote. “I am not kidding when I say it was well worth the wait!  From floor to ceiling and every special touch in between this renovation is quite upscale, yet the vibe remains very down to earth. No easy feat, but accomplished!”


Photo: Willistons' Facebook page.


Reviewers highly recommend the bama wings ($15) on the appetizer menu. There's also Bavarian pretzel with beer cheese, whole grain mustard ($14) and deviled eggs ($7) available to share.


They are also serving up tacos and burgers on the main course menu as well as steak frites, a hanger steak, french fries, and chimichurri ($33); an 8oz. filet, garlic roasted mashed potato, glazed baby carrots, and red wine sauce ($45); and a grilled salmon with baby beets, baby carrots, citrus salad, fennel, and citrus buerre blanc ($29).


Willistons' offers has a large wine, beer, and cocktail selection.


Danny O, from Williston Park, was enthusiastic in his review on Yelp.


“The food, the atmosphere and the staff are all fantastic,” he wrote. “Highly recommend. Just beautiful!”


Location: 17 Hillside Avenue, Williston Park,  (516) 490-4877.