The Barnyard returns for 2nd season at old Boardy Barn spot in Hampton Bays


It’s official. With one summer already under its belt, The Barnyard Hampton Bays will be returning for a second season at the old Boardy Barn property.

The Barnyard owners just announced the much-anticipated Memorial Day weekend opening.

“The Barnyard is excited to open for the season Memorial Day Weekend!” said John Lugano of The Barnyard Hampton Bays. “We’re bringing back the classic Sunday fundays and an old time favorite — College Reunion Saturdays! Right in time for the summer season.

The hours for Memorial Day weekend are set for Saturday, May 25, at 5 p.m. until close, and Sunday, May 26, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., he said.

The expansive property now accommodates a diverse range of visitors, kids, families, dogs, and older community members with both indoor and outdoor bars and seating areas, with plenty of backyard games.

“We want to get everybody to hang out,” co-owner and primary operator Carl Johanson (pictured above) told Greater Long Island last spring. “Generational is always the way you want to go.

“There are people that probably walked through the doors today that came here 20 to 30 years ago,” he added. “And now they get to come back and have a beer and recapture the old fun stuff …”

Since 1970, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, patrons packed themselves under the Boardy Barn’s signature red-and-white tent to crush cheap draft beers, get splashed with drinks and dance the sun away while eat hotdogs and getting covered in smiley-face stickers.

But the mainstay poured its last light beer in the summer of 2021, one of its two beloved owners — Tony Galgano — passed away that fall, and the site was sold in May of 2022. 

The surviving co-owner, Mickey Shields, who retained the Boardy Barn trademark and brand name, handed everything else to a property group that teamed up with Johanson and his partners, all with East End ties.

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The Barnyard Hampton Bays is located at 270 W. Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays.

Photo Credit: Kevin Redding

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