Bungalow Bar & Restaurant

Rockaway Beach, NY

When Sandy hit, it took with it years of investments the Tubridy brothers made to improve the restaurant structurally and operationally. Total estimates of damage could be upwards of $150,000.

Fundraising goal: $50,000


There are very few places as serene and picture perfect as Rockaway Beach, NY, just 11 miles outside New York City. And in Rockaway Beach, one of the staple locations for family reunions, weddings, graduations, and other celebrations is the Bungalow Bar on Pier 92. Sean Tubridy and his brothers took over the Bungalow Bar from their father, who ran it for over 30 years. It's an institution not only for the family, but also for the Rockaway community. What's more, Bungalow Bar hires nearly 50 local Rockaway residents during its busier summer months.

When Sandy hit, it took with it years of investments by the Tubridy brothers in improving the restaurant structurally and operationally. Sean commented: "The list for repair to structure and property is extensive. As of today, our contractor has told us that it would cost us $80,000 to repair the structure of our outdoor deck that sits on Jamaica Bay and our inside dining area. We have not received an estimate on our equipment, nor do we have power to see what works, but it's pretty safe to assume that all of it was destroyed as it was under 6 feet of salt water." Total estimates of damage could be upwards of $150,000, something for which the Tubridy brothers have been totally unprepared.

Their response? Help others get back up and running first. With funds eventually coming in from the Red Cross, Sean said: "it was time to take action and get aid to those directly in need immediately, and we have accomplished that goal. Penny for penny, we have distributed those funds to the community. We strive to do the right thing by our community."

Now, Sean and his brothers are taking baby steps to rebuild their own gem, the Bungalow Bar. They have already demolished most of the inside and next steps are to repair the outdoor deck and the dining room. Sean sent us beautiful images of what Rockaway Beach's Bungalow Bar looked like before Sandy destroyed it. We hope that together, we can bring back those images to life so Sean and his community members can once again celebrate through the night at one of the hippest spots in town.

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