Long Island's Hidden Past: Sayville Inn

The Nohowac family started a beer-bottling business on the site before opening a tavern.

The Nohowac family started a beer-bottling business on the site before opening a tavern. (4/6/16)

SAYVILLE - A South Shore stage coach stop that dates back to the 1800s is still serving Long Island patrons.

The Nohowec family moved from Bohemia to Sayville and started a beer-bottling business on the site where the Inn stands now. In 1888, Simon Nohowec and his wife built a tavern, which is now known as the Sayville Inn.

The Nohowecs ran the inn for decades and even built a restaurant in front of the tavern. According to Marion Gierasch, the great-granddaughter of the Nohowecs, her great-grandmother made an “unbelievable chicken soup.”

Famous patrons included President Theodore Roosevelt, who would often stop by the inn for a drink before he headed down the road to visit his cousins.

The Inn has changed hands several times since the 1950s. However, it has maintained its original décor, including tall windows, tin ceilings and a hand-carved bar. The Inn’s current owners promise to continue the tradition of hospitality and good food.

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