MFINNEGANS AT 100: In 1918, Andrew Finnegan stopped
the hands of the clock behind the bar of his now-famous tap
room at 11 oclock to mark the hour at which the Great
War (today we call it World War I) ended. The hand has not
moved a minute since. Time has stopped in a lot of ways at
Finnegans Restaurant & Tap Room (5 Wall St., Huntington
631-423-9696), the oldest continually operating bar in Huntington
and repository of a centurys worth of Huntington history.
Finnegans, which is today owned by Lessings Hospitality
Group (www.lessings.com), celebrates its first century and
kicks off its second with a week of celebrations beginning
July 27 when a Bartenders Reunion brings more than two dozen
former bartenders from across the country back to the mahogany
bar. Those still standing on Saturday, July 28 will be a part
of a Finnegans Festival. Wall Street will be closed
from Gerard Street to Main Street in Huntington village for
a street-wide celebration with food, fun and musical performances.
Host Tom Forte Finnegans manager for the past
22 years welcomes all to raise a glass and toast this
SONGBIRD AT GRASSOS: As if the creative cuisine alone
is not enough to get you into Grassos (134 Main St.,
Cold Spring Harbor 631-367-6060 grassosrestaurant.com), then
let the Sue Giles Trio lure you in. This trio features the
holy trinity of music vocals, piano and bass
with the beguiling voice Sue Giles leading the way. With the
pipes and daring of Ella, youre sure to fall in love
all over again, says musical director Ernie Byrd. The
trio performs Friday, May 18 beginning at 7:30. Call for reservations.
HOP ON DOWN: To Sapsuckers Hops and Grub (287 Main St.,
Huntington) this Friday, May 18 for a Birds & Brews fundraiser
to benefit the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary in Oyster Bay.
From 3-5 p.m. the popular brew house will host a Happy Hour
Birdathon celebration with Brooklyn Brewery beer specials,
restaurant gift certificate raffles, and a chance to meet
the live raptors of the Theordore Roosevelt Sanctury! (For
those non-Latin speaking readers, raptors are birds of prey
like hawks and osprey; impressive things when seen up close.)
For more information, call the TR Sanctuary at 516-922-3200.
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: If something called Jeni's Goat
cheese with roasted cherries ice cream sounds intriguing,
the Foodies will tell you this premium ice cream brand is
delicious. Sinfully so. Find it at The Purple Elephant, former
Mill Pond House executive chef David Intonatos recently
opened specialty food store at the Britannia Yachting Center
(81B Fort Salonga Rd., Northport 631-651-5002). The Elephant
is a temple for food worshippers. Just go, and tell Chef the
Long Islander Foodies sent you.
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