Drinks and dogs --- Duke's to open soon
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Drinks and dogs --- Duke's to open soon

Story By: NICOLE FUENTES
6/20/2019


Catch Oyster Bar owners to open hot dog joint at the old Fry Daddy’s on South Ocean Avenue

Back in the 1940s there was a dog that was rescued by the Patchogue police from drowning in a cesspool and later adopted by the department as the official police dog. Patchogueans remember Duke the mutt at his post on the Four Corners, where a plaque in his name still stands today. He was known for crossing pedestrians and saving kittens and children alike.

Michael Avino, his dad Jim and best friend Ron Siders plan to bring his memory alive by opening Duke’s, a hot links and cold drinks joint, at the former Fry Daddy’s location on South Ocean Avenue.

The Avinos, owners of Catch Oyster Bar in Patchogue and Avino’s Italian Table in Bellport, and Siders, an East Patchogue resident, began leasing the space in May and plan to open Duke’s at the first Alive After Five of the season, planned for Thursday, June 27.

A fresh coat of paint and a new walk-in later, the place will now feature ‘40s Patchogue with a vintage feel, featuring old photos celebrating the history of the village.

“We really wanted to pay homage to the service people of those days. There’s a lot of history in town and we just wanted to bring it back,” said Siders of growing up nearby.

Avino and Siders are both 2002 graduates of Bellport High School, attended SUNY Oneonta and worked together at MTV for several years before entering the family business.

MENU | The menu will feature about eight gourmet hot dogs and sausages ranging in price from $4.50 to $8, as well as sides and smash burgers. There will be six beers on tap and several cans, bottles, spiked seltzers and root beers. 

It will also feature boozy milkshakes, root beer floats and fresh homemade pulled pork and chili. The hot dogs will be sourced from neighboring butcher Karl Ehmer as well as several other sausages. Some will be made in-house as well. Weekly specials will also be included.

“It’ll be elevated fast food,” Avino said of the menu. “We always talked about opening a place like this. It’s just something we all loved.”

FAVORITES | Mike’s pick: BBQ Dog, with cheddar cheese, bacon, pulled pork and homemade barbecue sauce. Ronnie’s pick: Steakhouse Dog, with roasted London broil, sautéed onions, peppers, mushrooms and parmesan cream sauce.

For more information, look out for Duke’s Facebook page or visit the shop on South Ocean Avenue. The place will be open every day for lunch and most days until about midnight, and later on weekends.