A new dining opportunity has emerged in the Port Washington/Manhasset community with the renovation and rejuvenation of a well-known dining location on Port Washington Boulevard. The restaurant, formerly known as Lundy's, the Library, the Inn at Port Washington, is now called Sullivan's Quay (pron. key), named after a section of Cork City, Ireland where the proprietor, Brian Barry, was raised. Barry has a lifetime of experience in the restaurant business and worked energetically to bring his ideals of upscale Irish and American dining to Port.
During the recent six-month renovation from fall 2003 to the spring of 2004, Sullivan's Quay was closed for only 12 days. The acquisition of the adjoining Aladdin Hair Design increased the total available floor space for the renovation. The major changes in the seating plan were designed to provide a more spacious setting. Along with the physical changes of new furniture, handicapped accessible bathrooms and fully renovated kitchen, the menu has been expanded to encompass the full dining experience. An eye-catching corner holds a new full sized working fireplace, which adds both warmth and ambience to the room. The bar boasts of four televisions, an array of six draft beers and an especially popular bar pizza. A patron familiar with Port menus volunteered her especially high praise for the Artichoke Francaise appetizer.
Barry has arranged an array of talent to celebrate the grand opening. Friday, October 22 will begin with the Gilford's, a local Port band very popular with young adults. Saturday, October 23, at 10 p.m., Little Sammy and the Funky Daddies will entertain with the sounds of the 70s. On Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m., one of the most well known Irish entertainers in the Metropolitan area, Victor Cunneen, will bring a pleasing blend of Irish and American music to patrons. Cunneen has entertained over 35 years across Europe and the United States. When interviewed, Cunneen spoke in a warm and engaging way of his fondness for Port as a beautiful and progressive place to live and work. Entertainment will be a regular feature at Sullivan's Quay.
A comprehensive menu includes moderately priced starters, salads, house favorites and pastas. Entrees are priced from $15.95 to 26.95. The staff consists of over 20 full time experienced employees, over half of whom reside in Port. The kitchen will open every day at noon and remain open to 11 p.m. on Sundays through Wednesday, midnight on Thursday and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Quay is located at 541 Port Washington Boulevard and can be reached at 516-883-9135.
As the fall weather comes to Port, Sullivan's Quay offers the football fan a special Sunday Brunch from noon to 3 p.m. while the National Football League's games will be shown on two oversized 42 inch plasma screens. Barry, his chef and staff are planning for the future and are drawing up several dining offerings for the forthcoming holiday season.
The proprietor of Sullivan's Quay, Brian Barry, brings a vast experience of the restaurant business both in this country and his native Ireland. His first exposure to the restaurant business was in his grandfather's pub and restaurant in Cork, Ireland. A fetching portrait of Barry as a 5-year-old pulling a pint in his grandfather's restaurant in Ireland is mounted and framed on the wall. The family participation in the restaurant business has spanned over 100 years in Ireland and Barry's brother Tom continues the tradition as the proprietor of their grandfather's pub.
Barry's journey to Sullivan's Quay began when he immigrated to the United States 18 years ago. After several positions in the restaurant business, he came to Port and began working as a barman at Finn MacCool's on Main St. He continued at Finn's for 12 years prior to purchasing the Inn at Port Washington.
Barry maintains a number of books on display in the restaurant from the library as an indication of his concern for the historical underpinnings of the establishment. His decades in the restaurant business brought a realization and guiding philosophy to the Quay. The restaurant business, the offering of exception service and quality fare to diners is more than a business but what he calls a 'way of life.' Barry lives with his wife and two children in the Salem section of Port.