A popular television crime drama will film at Gino’s Pizzeria and Restaurant of Port Washington on Friday, the restaurant’s management announced via social media.
“On Friday, April 30th, 2021 Gino’s Pizzeria of Port Washington will be closed for filming scenes of the TV show ‘Law and Order,'” the management wrote in a Facebook post on April 23. “We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.”
The Homeowners Association of the nearby HarborView retirement community said in an email to its members on Tuesday that the production would be using Lot 1 at the Port Washington Long Island Rail Road station for its base camp.
“[The production staff] will have the exclusive right to use two-thirds of the lot, the middle and eastern most parking lanes along South Bayles Avenue,” the association’s email said.
While neither the Port Boulevard restaurant nor the HOA has specified which of the two currently running “Law and Order” spinoff series would be filming, “Special Victims Unit” or “Organized Crime,” the latter series has a brief history of filming in Port, having shot interiors featuring star Dylan McDermott at Louie’s Restaurant.
“Law & Order: Organized Crime,” which premiered on April 2 on NBC, sees Christopher Meloni returning as NYPD Detective Elliot Stabler, his character for the first 12 seasons of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” According to NBC, Stabler comes out of retirement to take on the most dangerous crime syndicate in New York City.
The restaurant has asked any affected customers to patronize the Manhasset or Roslyn locations, which both deliver to Port Washington. Efforts to reach management for comment were unavailing.