An old Polish Town restaurant that’s been vacant for years could reopen soon as a Mexican bar and grill.
A building permit was issued to reopen the Pulaski Street restaurant site that formerly housed Doc’s Tavern, although that permit, issued on March 3, 2010, is due to expire Thursday.
The owners of the new business have already put a sign up with the new name, La Isla Bar and Grill. However, one of the owners, Delmis Reyes of Brentwood, told the News-Review on Friday he still isn’t sure the restaurant will ever open.
Doc’s has been closed for about six years. It had been renovated following a kitchen fire prior to that, and reopened, but closed shortly afterward.
While Doc’s has been gone for several years, it still has a Facebook page, even though Facebook didn’t exist when Doc’s was open.
The page was created by Tracy Ferguson of Aquebogue, and is called “Friends of the Old Doc’s Taverns.”
“An old Polish Town hangout all the locals know about!” the Facebook page says. “You either hung out in there as a kid with your grandparents, aunt or uncle, (or) you put some of your earnings on the counter and in that ole jukebox!”
The Facebook page is scheduled to be archived, according to Facebook.
The former Doc’s building is owned by Mile High Inc. of Cutchogue.