JT’s Farmhouse in Bayport to reopen under new ownership


JT’s Farmhouse is relaunching under a new name.

Two and a half years ago, owner Justin Tempelman took over the 150-year-old building previously known as the Grey Horse Tavern and revamped it as a Southern comfort restaurant.

On July 1, he announced he is stepping down from the operation and passing the torch to his business partners. Tempelman will continue to operate JT’s On the Bay and JT’s Café, both in Blue Point.

Brenin Burgess, one of the partners, said the Bayport restaurant located at 291 Bayport Ave. will temporarily close in a couple of weeks.

At the end of the month, they plan to reopen the space as The Bayport Tavern.

“We have a great building here that has been around for centuries, so we’re not looking to do much with the building itself,” Burgess said. “[We’ll give it] a fresh paint job, touch-up inside, make it a bit brighter.”

As far as the food goes, Burgess said the menu will include American, seasonal dishes that are affordable and rebrand the eatery as a family-friendly spot.

The team plans to introduce weekday specials, such as “kids eat free” days.

Burgess said he and the rest of the partners are excited for this next chapter with The Bayport Tavern.

“We are excited to go forward and be part of this community, we have a great landlord, Peter Cotter, who was our landlord previously,” Burgess said. “We’ve got a lot of support, we are very lucky to have a tight-knit community.”

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