JT’s On the Bay set to kick off 15th season in Blue Point


JT’s On the Bay — Blue Point’s unofficial neighborhood clubhouse — opens up for its 15th season on Friday, May 7.

And J.T. himself is pretty certain everyone already knows.

“I haven’t even posted on social media about it yet — because I’m sure people know when we’re opening,” said Justin Tempelman, who also operates JT’s Cafe in Blue Point and JT’s Farmhouse in Bayport.

“JT’s On the Bay represents summer in our neighborhood. Once we put up the tent, everyone knows when we’re opening,” he added.

With most pandemic restrictions lifted and the percentage of vaccinated people on the rise, Tempelman expects a fun-filled comeback at the waterfront locale.

“Everyone has just been itching to get out. Everyone has been cooped up and is ready to get outside and have a good time,” he said. “Plus, we have a lot of outdoor space.”

The doors will swing open at 3 p.m. this Friday and remain open until late, with the kitchen shutting down at 10 p.m. Things get going at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

JT’s On the Bay — which boasts a menu of delicious traditional seafood choices, along with beer, tasty cocktails and live bands — will maintain the weekend schedule until Memorial Day Weekend. That’s when its shifts operations to seven days a week.

The restaurant will host live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the remainder of the spring and summer. Kicking things off this Friday at 5 p.m. — like he does every year — is Dan Donnelly singing Irish tunes.