MEET THE NEW OWNERS OF THE OUT
Frank Bragaglia Owner/Operator
owner of the Out, Frankie Brogaglia, is a very busy man.
after tracking him down (his identity firmly protected by the staff of his
restaurant I’m Babylon, the Brixton) and his identity is largely mysterious to
his new community.
finally reached, "Frankie", as he likes to be called, was clearly
while on the phone with me - “I am in the middle of a thousand things ...opening
a restaurant in Patchogue with his partner, Brad Wilsos, as well as completing
renovations on the Out, now renamed the Dive, to be ready for opening date May
only till June 26, then all week)
radically changing the restaurant, including the bar, to conform with its new
“Retro South California “ style.
requested, the menu was not yet available at press time.
been in the restaurant business since 2009.
been coming to Kismet 2-3 years and I love it.
When I heard
rumors the Out was for sale I got really excited”
asked what plans he had for the new Out he said he knows many bands but for the
moment has hired the Trade Winds and Rich Mahogany.
renovation is being done behind closed doors the new look is largely still a
mystery to curious townspeople.
Brief History of the Out.
late 60's and/or early 70's it was owned by two Irishmen under the name of The
To my recollection no one I knew went there.
The Inn was functioning as a very active disco in the evenings, including line dances and a hustle contest.
"I opened the
Out in Spring 1974 along with Bob Rush and Jack English. Owned and
operated “the Out” for 34 seasons and sold the business to
Paul Barbara and his
partners (Matt, Dean and Dennis) in 2008.
Had a great run for
3+ decades, lots of memories
and good times but
all good things must eventually come to an end. So after 34 years it was
time to hang up the chef’s whites, go to Florida and play tennis...
Good luck and best
wishes to the new owners"
I will be coming back
to the beach middle of May as we intend to spend most of the summer in Forbidden
(as I remember it - The
Out was first a restaurant, gradually a venue for special events like the KCA
Auction, o KFD installation dinner
was The place for the somewhat infamous
Kismet Happy Hour which attracted patrons from other communities and boaters from the mainland.
and then a disco.
It was much beloved by Kismet groupers)
from Matt Barbara
asked how he felt about the sale...
they say “ bitter / sweet ... We created a beautiful place and I believe we
made great memories and a lot of people happy.
brother’s condition, it was time to get out on top !!!
not sell the name . We
Bought it in 2008 ."
I have a
house in Kismet and plan to relax this summer .
You, See You Again Soon!
Out was always a lifelong dream of Paul Barbara and over a decade ago we made
it a reality. Now, after 12 incredible years of mixing Kismet’s finest
cocktails and serving some of the best food on Fire Island, we have decided it
is time to pass the torch to a new team.
move into the Summer of 2021, our Kismet location will become a different
restaurant under new ownership.
It is a
bittersweet moment but you can be sure that Surf’s Out will be back somewhere
on Long Island soon! We’ve had too much fun roasting pigs, celebrating the full
moon and dancing the night away to not come back! The countless celebrations –
weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and happy hours are ones we look forward to
sharing with you in the future.
like extend our endless gratitude to our customers for their patronage, to our
staff for their summer hustle and to our families for their constant support.
Thank you—you have forever changed the way we feel about summer.
Surf’s Out pops up again, you can always visit us in Lindenhurst At Surfside 3
Marina, in Melville at Cirella’s Restaurant or in the Walt Whitman Mall at
been our pleasure to bring joy to your summers and fill your cup with a little
appreciation, we raise a glass to you,
Dean Cirella, Matthew Barbara, and Paul Barbara