Memorial Day weekend was not exactly Insta-perfect as far as the weather went, but there is still the Independence Day holiday break to look forward to. And those planning to splash in the surf at Jones Beach will have new lunch and dinner options awaiting them.
The new Boardwalk Café, a $2 million construction project on track to open by July 4, will sit in the heart of the action at the Jones Beach Central Mall. The offerings will include both classic and modern beach fare such as burgers, tacos, rice bowls, paninis, salads and java from Yonkers-based Double Barrel Coffee Roasters.
The Café restores the historic vitality along the iconic Central Mall, never quite the same after Sandy. Centerplate, the concessionaire in charge of hospitality services at the park, will operate the café.
Adjacent to the Café will be a new spray-ground for kids. “I had the opportunity to tour the new Jones Beach Boardwalk Cafe. The State has done an excellent job in getting this facility prepared,” Senator John E. Brooks of Massapequa said in a statement.
Also opening its doors in time for Independence Day will be a full-service eatery, the East Bath House Restaurant, operated by Long Island celebrity chef Tom Schaudel. It will showcase Taste NY wines, local craft beers including Montauk, Lithology and Blue Point, as well as local seafood.
“The new renovations and culinary offerings are meant to accomplish one main goal…providing the best possible visitor experience for anyone who comes to enjoy Jones Beach State Park with us,” Centerplate Regional Vice President Bobby Dichiaro said. “The new food and beverage options capture the essence of Long Island.”
Plus, the must-have soft serve and shakes from Mr. Softee will now be sold at the West Bath House, Field 6 and the Central Mall.
Those thinking about how they might burn off all those goodies will be happy to know that the Jones Beach segment of the Ocean Parkway multi-use path is being extended by 2.5 miles, from the current end of the Boardwalk to the West End 2 Building. Walkers, joggers and bikers will have a total of six miles of trail to enjoy, the full length of the park.