Editor’s note: The Hero Joint planned to remain open until Sunday, Oct. 22, but has since decided to close as of Wednesday, Oct. 18
Gourmet specialty sandwich shop The Hero Joint has closed down permanently in Bay Shore, the owner announced on Tuesday.
The news comes a few days after its original location in Patchogue shut its doors for good.
“I never thought all of this would happen, but you play the hand you’re dealt, right?” said owner John Murray, III, in the announcement via an Instagram post. “It kills me. We have become such a part of this community.”
The Bay Shore location, located at 182 West Main Street, served up its last signature sandwiches until they closed on Tuesday.
Murray, who also owns Kilwins in Patchogue and Babylon, founded The Hero Joint five years ago. He opened up his second location, the one in Bay Shore, back in 2021.
His goal was to disrupt the deli scene on the island.
He executed his plan by offering jam-packed sandwiches filled with meats mostly roasted in-house all served on artisan bread made by a small-batch bakery in Suffolk County.
The signature sandwiches included:
- The Bird: Roasted turkey, housemade cranberry sauce and housemade stuffing on marbled sourdough bread
- The Bro: Salami, pepperoni, capicola, and provolone with your choice of fillings
- Daverami on Rye: NYC-style pastrami sandwich piled high on rye bread
But Murray said he felt “gutted” and “devastated” for having to close due to “insurmountable economic conditions.”
“I just want to thank my employees, the community, and everyone who supported us since September 2018,” said Murray. “We catered so many family and corporate events for all of you. We always tried to source the best of everything.”
See Murray’s final goodbye below.
Top: File – Photo of The Hero Joint’s signature sandwiches. (Benny Migliarino/ Benny Migs Photo)