THE BEACH TAVERN 1940
NOT BEACH WEATHER YET
look at that snow....photo is probably from 1939- 40. Check out those rides lined up on the Mastic Road side. Street rodders dream machines! I always remembered this place as The Beach Comber with its Big Sombrero sign on the 5 corners. It started as the Beach Tavern in the late 1930's and always ran head to head with Schulte's Tavern diagonaly across the street. Both had live music and fairly large bands. The ad is from the 1940 Mastic Beach Directory. As the Beachcomber in the '50's & 60's the fights and the music was legandary. In the early '60's groups like the Drifters and The Ronettes appeared here as their songs climbed the charts.
The Drifters 1965
In the late '60's The Batilla Family stopped selling beer over the bar and sold it as six packs along with other items when they converted it into a grocery store. In doing so they bricked the walls which is the only thing that was saved in August 1969 when .....