It’s The Tap Room so many know and love — only bigger. There’s more craft beer available than the original Patchogue location. But the new Tap Room is in Nassau.
This all amounts to you having to call Uber.
James Bonanno and David Johnson, friends and business partners who met while bartending at Dublin Deck before opening the original Tap Room in 2011, opened their second location to fanfare just a week before Christmas in the Village of Massapequa Park.
They took over the old Irish Cottage on Park Boulevard with a massive overhaul that involved extending the building into what used to be a back deck area, and expanding into the a neighboring computer store to make way for an entirely new kitchen.
And they needed space downstairs for dozens upon dozens of kegs to feed the custom-built tap system made in Slovenia that’s got room enough for 30 different craft beers.
Blue Point Brewing Co. then fashioned them another custom-made line for six Blue Point brews.
That’s good for 36 beers on tap, surpassing Patchogue’s 27.
And despite all the newness of the Massapequa Park Tap Room, co-owners Bonnano and Johnson worked to recapture the charm of their West Main Street location.
“We wanted to bring that same cozy feeling we have in Patchogue that people have always said they liked, but this is a big space so that came with challenges,” Bonnano said. “So the wood that we picked and the paint color and the finishes kind of give us that similar cozy feeling.”
Johnson said the place has been packed since opening Dec. 18.
“Everyone’s loved everything,” he said. “And it’s such a stark difference between what it was and what it is now. And being next to The Good Life [bar and restaurant] is part of why we came here.”
“We’re excited to feed off the other restaurants in the area,” Bonnano said.
Meanwhile, back in Patchogue, Bonnano said work is progressing on the expansion into the original Tap Room’s upstairs.
They’re shooting to have the work done in early spring.
With the upstairs, the size of the first, more narrow Tap Room will double, from 1,900 to 3,800 square feet.
That will be good enough to leapfrog the size of its 3,000-square-foot, one-story younger sibling in Massapequa.
“What’s made me the proudest is how good the staff has been,” Bonnano said of the big undertaking up west. “They’ve done a great job. The majority are from Patchogue, but a lot of them are new and the first week we were extremely busy and they all did a nice job.
He said the concept for both restaurants remain exactly the same.
“We’re looking to provide a laid back, casual atmosphere that’s family friendly, with elevated pub fare and one of the best selections of craft beer that you’ll find on Long Island,” Bonnano said.
That’s whether you’re in Nassau, or Suffolk county.