Only sports. Only action.
Whether its NFL games, Premier League soccer matches or world Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu championship tournaments, the seven TV screens inside the new Sayville Athletic Club on Railroad Avenue will only project sports in action.
“We’re only going to show sports,” said Terence Daly, 32, who grew up in Sayville and is one of seven investors teaming up to open the sports bar by Oct. 15. “It always bugs me when you go to a place and they have 900 TVs, and they all have ESPN’s ‘Pardon the Interruption’ on.
“And we’re going to do this in a relaxed contained environment — not like the A.D.D. of some of the big places,” Daly added.
The SAC will fill the void left behind at 209 Railroad Ave. — steps from the Sayville train station — when Perry’s Pub closed in June. Daly said the plan is to serve craft beer and American pub fair, open for lunch every day at 11:30 a.m., and keep the kitchen open late.
Daly and the rest of the ownership team are a who’s who of heavy hitters from popular bars in Bay Shore, Patchogue and Port Jefferson.
Daly is joined by his St. Anthony’s High School buddy James McPeak, 32, and Sayville elementary school classmate David Prunier, 32, who is a part owner of Tullulah’s in Bay Shore and Barito Tacos & Cocktails in Port Jefferson. The three together own Great South Bar in downtown Patchogue.
Rounding out the SAC squad are its general manager, Ryan Morimando, who formerly worked at The Cortland in Bay Shore; Tullulah’s manager Sean Nolan; Sayville native Keith Pitre and local investor Anthony Giarrusso.
“We’re really looking forward to being a part of the Sayville community,” said Daly, who hopes to host pasta parties and other events for hometown sports teams. “We’re going to sponsor little league teams and support the booster clubs.”
Aesthetically, the SAC will certainly lean more huntsman’s club than Applebee’s or Miller’s Ale House.
The walls have been painted hunter green, the wood trim is dark, and taxidermy and vintage sporting equipment account for most of the wall decorations. There’s also a really cool two-inch-thick, maplewood bar top that looks like a gym floor, along with an array of framed grainy sports photos from way back in the day.
“We all kind of felt that the niche of the sports bar doesn’t really exist any more,” Daly said. “There’s nothing really like this nearby. We want to keep this new, exciting and simple for everybody.”