An official ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Aug. 21 at Islip Beach’s new full-service restaurant/concession stand, Sunset Restaurant, the final piece of the beach’s $1.76 million rebuilding project.
Superstorm Sandy uprooted the beach’s concession stand and pavilion from their foundations, destroyed boardwalks and decks and littered the beach and bay with storm debris. Despite this, Islip Beach re-opened last July, less than one year after Superstorm Sandy devastated the popular destination.
“When we initially saw the damage at Islip Beach, many thought what we are here to celebrate today would never be possible,” said Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci. “The Town’s commitment to its residents, along with the support of the Parks Department and the concessionaire, tackled the reconstruction of this town treasure. Today we are pleased to say that with the official reopening of the concession stand, the restoration of Islip Beach is complete and something that all town residents and enjoy and be proud of.”
Sunset Restaurant offers everything from hot dogs to handmade pizza to flounder, and boasts live entertainments on many evenings. The restaurant also offers a full breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
In addition to the full-service restaurant, Islip Beach’s new concession features handicapped bathrooms, showers and ramps and is equipped with an energy-efficient lighting system. Ramps, railings and boardwalks are made from Ipe wood, a dense Brazilian hardwood that is used for its durability, performance and density and is naturally fire, insect, moisture and movement resistant.
“We’re grateful to the Town for allowing us the opportunity to operate this restaurant on this beautiful beach,” said Cataldo, who has been in the restaurant business for 30 years. He previously operated Oceanside Café in Oceanside, Old Brooklyn Pizza in Bellmore and Horizons in Mineola. His partner, Kim, operated an Italian restaurant in Denver and formerly owned Solitero’s Deli in Commack.