Life on Long Island
Bye-bye Broadway, here comes Amityville Music Hall & Tavern
As many of LI’s devotees of underground clubs and music will tell you, the Broadway Bar in Amityville is an important stop . . . or was.
Since it arrived in 2010, the venue has hosted some unique events. New wave parties, punk rock shows, metal concerts, hip-hop battles and EDM bashes are only some of what had transpired within the walls over at 198 Route 110 — but despite its frequent use, the bar remained an embattled venture.
A former local dive, the room was barely updated from its previous tenant’s business — including tattered walls and a basic bar — although that was a somewhat purposeful move, in order to maintain Broadway’s edgy identity. But throughout its existence, there were many changes in management, occasional closures and even a name change (it briefly became “The Spotlight,” although its marquee continued to read “Broadway”) – and by late spring of this year, the club seemingly closed its doors for good.
But as of May, late-night passersby were able to see construction was occurring inside . . . leading to speculation that Broadway Bar may yet be rising again.
Fast-forward to today, and there is indeed confirmation that the space is returning to action — and in what may be its most promising rebirth yet — as the owners of the Leaky Lifeboat in Seaford have taken the reigns, and are reworking the entire property.
In February 2011, Seaford residents Eric Finneran and Salvatore Mignano took over a defunct watering hole located at 3603 Merrick Rd. in their town (the former “Irish Eyes”), and molded it into a hip pub, the likes of which (at that time) were mostly relegated to locales in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Naming their new spot after a song from the band Sonic Youth — “Leaky Lifeboat” — the duo and their associates introduced events like art shows, unique dance parties and retro video game nights to the Nassau County nightlife scene, and since its opening the Leaky has consistently remained one of the Island’s busiest and hottest hangouts.
Following the advent of the Leaky Lifeboat, Finneran and Mignano have also introduced vegan-friendly “Za” late-night pizzerias to Rockville Centre and Seaford. But for this new business, both are teaming with Dan Valentino (of the Centereach hard-core band Shepherds) to transform the Broadway space into a brand new establishment: “The Amityville Music Hall & Tavern (AMH).”
Changes will include a rebuilt bar offering a 14-line tap system that will dispense both high-end craft beer and a few inexpensive brews, as well as a new and updated sound system, new decor (including walls the owners resurfaced by hand), a remodeled stage and redesigned sound booth — but some still-in-place hints of the building’s 1909 beginnings are to remain intact.
The new owners say there's even more to reveal as they aim for a July opening, and the entertainment calendar will include plenty of shows, events and parties as well as an easy place to visit during the day for drinks.