FARMINGDALE, NY (WCBS 880) – Music lovers and promoters are shocked at the sudden closing of the Crazy Donkey Bar and Grill, a popular concert venue on Long Island.

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“It’s music. Music is, you know, it’s an art. We don’t want to lose any arts,” said Crazy Monkey fan Joe Ventrillo.

The Farmingdale hot spot –which was home to hundreds of shows including local bands Taking Back Sunday and Brand New — has fallen victim to a struggling economy and low attendance.

“It’s one place where we all connect. No matter what color, what creed. It doesn’t matter. We all get together, and we all like the music,” Ventrillotold WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

The abrupt closure has promoters scrambling to reschedule their acts that had been on the bill for this fall. The shows may be moved over to other Long Island venues including the Patchogue Theater, Ollie’s Point in Amittyville or Vibe Lounge in Rockville Centre.

Newsday reports the owners of the Crazy Donkey are in negotiation to reopen as a sports themed restaurant, whose waitresses dress in skimpy, skin-tight outfits.

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