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Tap Room To Open New Locations In Garden City And Ronkonkoma

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The popular Tap Room group of gastropubs opened its sixth Long Island location in Jericho in December 2023 and has plans to open two more in 2024.

According to co-founder James Bonanno, a seventh Tap Room is expected to open in Garden City in June and the eighth location soon after at the new Station Yards development in Ronkonkoma.

The first Tap Room was opened by Bonanno and co-founder Dave Johnson in Patchogue in 2011. The two young friends, who had grown up in the community and were bartenders at the Dublin Deck, dreamed of opening their own place. Gastropubs pairing craft beer with high-quality food were a hot new trend, especially in the emerging Patchogue restaurant scene. “We wanted a big, rotating beer selection and freshly-made pub food,” said Bonanno, “including no pre-frozen appetizers.”

Bonanno and Johnson took over a space on West Main Street that formerly housed PeraBell Food Bar, a pioneering gastropub that had opened in 2006 and was moving to a larger location. PeraBell’s owners, Scottie Campbell and John Peragrine, partnered with Bonanno and Johnson to get Tap Room launched. Two years later, Bonanno and Johnson bought out their partners, purchased the building and doubled in size by expanding upstairs into space that was formerly apartments.

Based on the success of the Tap Room concept in Patchogue, Bonanno and Johnson began to look at potential locations in other Long Island towns with vibrant downtown areas. Joined by new partner Kevin Boyle, they opened a second Tap Room on busy Park Avenue in Massapequa Park in 2015.

To guide future growth plans, Upstream Hospitality Group was formed in 2019 as a holding company for Tap Room and other restaurant concepts they owned, including Bango Bowl, which has five locations on Long Island and two in Westchester. “We’ve been pleased with the growth of Bango Bowl and are looking to expand through franchising,” said Bonanno, “but for Tap Room we plan to own all the restaurants.”

Read the full article in the Long Island Press.