A New York City-style cocktail and wine bar called Sweet Jane is now open in downtown Bay Shore.
The Tartaglia brothers of Bay Shore are behind the venture at 64 E. Main St., which is a space previously occupied by a thrift shop.
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Anthony and Andrew Tartaglia — the co-owners of Costa Verde Hospitality Group, which run Verde Kitchen & Cocktails, Coastal Kitchen & Daiquiri Bar, The Brightwaters Inn and the coming soon American Standard Whiskey Bar & Grill — opened Sweet Jane this month.
During the first few weeks, Sweet Jane will run every day but Wednesdays. “It will be a day to reset,” Anthony said.
Now to the concept.
“It’s going to be a really cool … classic cocktails, high-end cocktails, some new stuff, and old stuff,” Anthony previously told GreaterBayShore.
Gin, bourbon, whiskey, mezcal, you name it — Sweet Jane will have it, they say.
The name of the bar is a nod to a Lou Reed song, said the Sweet Jane owners, who are classic rock fans.
Sweet Jane isn’t a typical “gin-joint,” the brothers plan on keeping it classy, they said.
Although cocktail-focused, there is a small kitchen serving elevated food to pair with the drinks, as well as a beer and wine program for patrons.
In addition to the Tartaglia brothers, the ownership team also consists of James Howell, Joe Sileo, John Dell’Orto, Joe Mele and Tim Foley. Keep reading to learn about each partner.
“Bay Shore is a growing town, there is a lot of cool stuff on the horizon, there’s new apartments, new buildings, new businesses, there’s a lot of people moving out of the city,” he said. “Main Street’s been bustling, it’s good to be a part of a nice downtown.”
About the ownership
Anthony Tartaglia – With 25 years in the restaurant business, Anthony has worked his way up from bussing tables and washing dishes to become the president of Costa Verde Hospitality Group. His expertise spans various locations from NYC to Fire Island to The Hamptons.
Andy Tartaglia – Lifetime restaurateur and recent father, Andy brings a wealth of experience to the table. From dishwasher to general manager, Andy’s remarkable restaurant career spans diverse locations, from NYC to Fire Island, California to Florida. He believes in treating each project as the first and giving back to the community where he lives and works.
James Howell – James has been in the food and beverage industry since childhood, starting at his father’s deli in West Islip. He began his restaurant career in 2004 as a barback at the Nutty Irishman in Farmingdale. He later became the manager at the Bay Shore location.
John Dell’Orto (Dell) – Originally from West Islip, John has been in the restaurant scene since he was 15. He met the Tartaglias on Fire Island and moved to Bay Shore six years ago, working at Coastal where his professional relationship with the brothers grew.
Joe Sileo – Joe’s hospitality journey started at 16 in Ocean Beach, Fire Island, where he met the Tartaglia brothers and other team members. After working seasonally in South Florida and Fire Island, he joined Coastal Kitchen as a bartender. He worked his tail off and was rewarded with an opportunity to be part of Sweet Jane.
Tim Foley – Tim Foley, of Babylon, is an executive chef at Coastal Kitchen and chef/partner at The Brightwaters Inn, Sweet Jane, and American Standard. He has a degree from the Culinary Institute of America and over a decade of professional experience.
Joe Mele – Joe started in hotels but found his passion in bartending and working in restaurants. He worked his way up at Verde Kitchen & Cocktails and is now the general manager at Coastal Kitchen and a partner at Sweet Jane.
All photos were taken by Conor Harrigan.