Calling all meat lovers, the newest carnivore haven for local #foodporn is on its way. Liberty Links, a sausage and fried appetizer shop that meets all your salty cravings, is set to open this November in Freeport. Owner and local Brian Von Der Linn plans to sell hot dogs, bratwurst, kielbasa, chorizo, knockwurst, lamb merguez and of course—sausages.
But it’s not just your typical sausage ‘n’ peppers menu. Von Der Linn will offer toppings like crumbled bleu cheese, beer cheese, cherry peppers, sautéed onions, ‘kraut and more—all prepared in house. Topping off the menu is a list of “Guilty Pleasure” add-ons, including knishes, bacon bites, fried ravioli, pastrami dumplings and grilled cheese sandwiches.
A graduate of the culinary arts program at SUNY Cobleskill, Von Der Linn went on to work at Steve’s Prime Meats of Freeport, a lauded South Shore butcher shop and destination for a perfect porterhouse. During his time there, he began to dream up Liberty Links.
“This is an idea he’s had for ages, and we wanted to support him,” said Ryan Stenzel, owner of Steve’s Prime Meats and financial partner for Von Der Linn.
“I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and when this spot became available and so close to the Nautical Mile, I had to take it,” added Von Der Linn. “Having my own shop was a dream, but I couldn’t have done it without Ryan’s help. He knew this was my baby and he told me that he supported me and would help me through this project. It means so much to me and absolutely speaks to Ryan as a person.”
A true case of “local supports local,” Steve’s Prime Meats and Liberty Links are actually adjoining establishments. Von Der Linn said he’ll mostly be offering meats prepared by Steve’s. But it doesn’t stop there. Von Der Linn plans to offer special deals for veterans as well. His curious choice of a name was also a matter of consideration.
“There’s so much negativity right now about America and so much anger, I wanted to make a place that was happy and could bring some positivity back,” said Von Der Linn. “So we called it Liberty Links!”
Von Der Linn plans to keep Liberty Links open for noshing from 11am-9pm with summer late-night hours, creating a local fast bites eatery with quality food and service that he hopes will become a hub for South Shore foodies.
Coming to 154 Atlantic Avenue, Freeport this November