Side Dish: New DQ In Town, Bingo Nights, Chili Contest & More

Compiled by Andrew Wroblewski

  Dairy Queen opened at 4005 Jericho Turnpike in East Northport on March 16.

Dairy Queen opened at 4005 Jericho Turnpike in East Northport on March 16.

IT’S BLIZZARD TIME: No, it’s not time for another snow storm — or at least our Foodies hope it’s not. But, yes, there’s a new Dairy Queen in town. Franchisee Laura Maier opened her fourth Long Island location in East Northport on March 16. “It’s a great community,” Maier said about why she chose 4005 Jericho Turnpike for her latest ice cream and fast-food restaurant. The space has seating for around 100, Maier said, including on its covered outdoor patio, which is a first for Maier. “The patio is perfect for those coming from a game, or for just a nice summer day,” she said. Maier, of New Jersey, opened her first Dairy Queen in Massapequa in June 2013. Since then, she’s opened locations in Levittown, Huntington and now East Northport. Maier said she’s hired around 60 employees for the newest location.

GEAR UP FOR DISCOUNTS: The spring edition of Long Island Restaurant Week is fast approaching. From Sunday to Sunday, April 22-29, restaurants across Long Island, including the Town of Huntington, will offer three-course meals for $28.95. The list of participating restaurants is still growing, so keep up with Longislandrestaurantweek.com to start planning your visits.

B-I-N-G-O: Did you know that Tuesday nights are Bingo nights at Rust & Gold? From 8-10 p.m. the 70 Gerard St. sports bar in Huntington offers up a free card to play with for every drink. There are also themed prizes for the winners. Keep up with Rust & Gold’s Instagram page (@therustandgold) to learn more.

EAT SOME CHILI: The sixth annual chili cook off at The Lark (93 Larkfield Road, East Northport) is this Sunday, April 8. Beginning at 1 p.m., contestants will be serving up their brand of chili for attendees to try and rate. The event is a fundraiser for The League for Animal Protection and a $10 donation will be accepted at the door. Along with chili samplings there will also be raffles and prizes. For more info, call 631-262-9700.

DECISION PENDING: The folks at Northport’s Sand City Brewing Co. had a compliance hearing before the village’s zoning board last week to address concerns raised by neighbors and officials. Sand City’s tasting room at 60 Main St. has been closed through much of the past four months due to the complaints, as reported in the March 1 issue of The Long-Islander. The March 28 hearing drew dozens of supporters of the brewery. “Thank you for the incredible outpouring of love and support we received on Wednesday night. Truly unbelievable,” reads a post to the brewery’s Facebook page. “We’re awaiting a decision and will pass on news as soon as we receive it.” In the meantime, Sand City’s brews are available for purchase for off-site consumption. Periodic posts to the Facebook page detail the days and times that beer can be purchased from the brewery’s Scudder Avenue entrance.

  The Enough Already gose was available last weekend at Sand City Brewing Co.   (Photo/Facebook/Sand City)

The Enough Already gose was available last weekend at Sand City Brewing Co. (Photo/Facebook/Sand City)