The Argyle restaurant set to close in Babylon Village after 24-year run


The Argyle’s nearly quarter-century run in Babylon Village is coming to an end.

A new restaurant called The Dark Horse is taking over at 90 Deer Park Ave., right in the heart of the downtown.

That’s all according to an announcement The Argyle Grill & Taven made on Instagram today.

Last call at the beloved new American restaurant will be June 30, from 6 to 11 p.m.

And everyone is invited.

“In our closing days here at The Argyle, we would like to take this time to thank our friends, our families, our amazing staff, the Village of Babylon, and most importantly you, who are some of the most incredible guests we have had the pleasure of serving over 24 years,” the post reads.

“Please join us the last Sunday of this month as we raise a glass in appreciation to all of you.”

The same ownership group also operates Barrique, a popular wine bar across the street.

Post publication, hundreds of Greater Long Island readers took to Facebook and Instagram to share fond memories of The Argyle, and put the restaurant’s opening into historic context in relation to the village’s transformation into a top dining destination on Long Island.

Take this comment from Jenn Perri Zembreski:

“I remember when they first opened,” she wrote on Facebook. “I worked at an office right down the block and we’d go there for lunch sometimes. It was the first contemporary restaurant in the village and what changed the scene in Babylon. From that point forward, we’ve seen some really great restaurants open and I can’t help but think it was the Argyle that started [the change] almost 25 years ago.

“Thanks for the many great dinners, drinks, and overall good times! Cheers…”

Before The Argyle took up shop at 90 Deer Park Avenue, the space previously played host to Stillman’s from the 1980’s through the 90’s. And before Stillman’s, it was John’s Bar in the 1970’s into the 80’s.

The Argyle’s Instagram post also indicates gift cards at The Argyle will continue to be accepted for the rest of the month, and then at Barrique thereafter, starting July 15.

And once The Dark Horse opens, old Argyle gift cards will also be accepted there.

“We wish The Dark Horse team nothing but continued success,” the ownership group said.

Photo credits: Argyle Grill & Tavern on Facebook and website.

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