Baja Boathouse eyes early May opening at former ‘Tikki’ spot in Patchogue


Attention lovers of food, drinks and waterfront fun on Long Island.

Patchogue’s Off Key Tikki has closed its doors, but fear not — a new hotspot is about to open on Patchogue River.

Restaurateur Lenny Oliva is looking to launch Baja Boathouse Marina Kitchen & Cantina the first week of May, just in time for Cinco De Mayo.

Oliva has big plans for the three-acre property that include street food, tacos, live music, and even a BBQ and brick oven for pizza. Keep an eye out for more updates on Greater Long Island.

Oliva also owns and operates Prato 850 in Commack, Bar Grazie in Massapequa Park, and the soon-to-open Avianna’s in Melville. But he’s thrilled to bring his latest concept further east.

“We have a passion for this business,” he said. “I love Patchogue. I’ve been coming here for years, and I’m happy to finally start getting my feet wet out here.”

The waterfront property includes a restaurant, bar, outdoor dining area, catering area, beach, and 37 boat slips on the river.

While the bones of the Off Key Tikki space will stay the same, the building is getting a facelift with outside renovations, new painting, and carpentry, and even a BBQ and brick oven for pizza for the outside back patio.

Oliva said that Baja Boathouse plans on having a little bit of everything, including a street food section, tacos, empanadas, homemade guacamole, a “massive” lobster roll, and a couple of different entrees.

“I’m a food guy,” he said.

Plus, there will be a bar and stage for DJ’s and bands.

Bruemmer announced this month officially on Instagram that the deal with Oliva was finalized and he was planning his retirement.

While he has some adventures lined up down in Florida, he said will still be a consultant for the new owners of Baja Boathouse if they ever need help.

“I’m looking forward to what they have in store,” he said.

Off Key Tikki originally opened in 2008, making what would have been its 15th season this summer.

Keep checking Greater Long Island for more Baja Boathouse updates.

The boat marina at Off Key Tikki in June of 2020. Credit: Off Key Tikki/Facebook