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Babylon Village seafood restaurant, Pier 44, closes after 30 years

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Last Sunday Babylon Village’s historic seafood eatery, Pier 44 Restaurant, served dinner for the last time before permanently closing its doors. 

The iconic restaurant, located at 444 Fire Island Avenue in Babylon Village, has served community members for the past three decades, and the landmark is known for its waterfront dining and nautical atmosphere.

Tony Marazzito, a manager who worked at Pier 44 for 24 years, said although he is sad to see the restaurant go, he thinks the restaurant closing is a “good move” in order to keep up with the ever-changing village. 

“Years ago there was nothing around, we were the only place so people came here,” Marazzito said. “People don’t come down here anymore like they used to.”

Marazzito said the owner, who also operates Cooper Street Restaurant, is looking to “condense” his establishments into one place. The manager said they hope to transition Pier 44’s staff and menu items to Cooper Street. 

The Pier 44 owner’s second restaurant location, Cooper Street, located at 217 East Main Street in Babylon Village.

On the final night of service, Marazzito said a farewell party was not planned for the restaurant, but many loyal customers showed support for the restaurant over the weekend and ate there one last time. 

“People came from everywhere,” he said. “But, we’re really not leaving, just going up the road.” 

GreaterBabylon reached out to the owner of Pier 44 and Cooper Street but were unable to be reached for comment.

It has not been confirmed what will be taking over the Pier 44 space.