MAIN STREET RESTAURANTS
Here’s a shout out to all our Main Street Restaurants – they’re some of our favorite places. Because sometimes you just need to get away and we know you want to go where everybody knows your name…and we’re always glad you came!
Here’s a throw back to how it all got started:
Prior to the 1980s, restaurant chains were not well received on Long Island, so few national chains bothered to open units in one of the nation’s most densely populated suburbs. Long Islanders seemed to feel more comfortable with local restaurants. The Lessing’s knew that any restaurant they opened must feel like a “local joint”. They watched the success of the Bay Terrace Bar and waited for the Lessing innovation impulse to kick in. Eventually, they decided to open cafes that would serve the local clientele along Montauk Highway, the road that had become the Main Street of Long Island’s south shore villages. They would locate them in historic town buildings that the long-time residents were familiar with. In 1978, the Lessing’s opened their first Main Street restaurant in the historic post office building that had served the town of Babylon for many years. The Post Office Café was immediately seen by Babylon customers as a local place they were comfortable in. It was an instant success and has been going strong for 37 years.