After a year and a half on hiatus, the village’s beloved Breakfast Crawl, now in its 10th year, is back and aptly themed, “The Comeback Crawl.” The morning meal mixer, held this past Saturday, will be the last for Dave Rogers, its founder, who is moving out of state.
Usually held twice a year, in October and May, the event is a favorite among breakfast-lovers, who headed to Rise and Grind beginning at 8:30 a.m. to pick up their event maps before heading out to enjoy the smorgasbord.
“I don’t want to give it any publicity because it’s that good. I don’t want anyone else coming in,” said a half-joking Margaret Atkinson, who enjoyed her fourth Breakfast Crawl with husband, Bob.
Jodi Giambrone, associate director, Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, was especially looking forward to the chicken and waffle balls being served up at That Meetball Place.
“I’m looking forward to eating stuff I wouldn’t normally choose,” she said.
Altogether, 13 Main Street restaurants participated in the event, including Rise and Grind, Kilwins, Toast Coffeehouse, Village Idiot Pub, SoBol, That Meetball Place, Buttermilk’s Kitchen, Tap Room, Brickhouse Brewery, Del Fuego, Locale, Rhum, and Roast Coffee and Tea.
Rise and Grind, located on the eastern portion of Main Street, acted as the crawl’s official starting point, which owner Philip Shum anticipates will be good for business.
“We’re brand new in the community and we want people to see what we have to offer. Because Country Kitchen was here for a long time, people think it’s the same restaurant. So, we want to show everyone what we have and that we are different,” said Shum.
For Rogers, the event is a way to raise money for a good cause, while bringing residents together on Main Street.
“It started as an idea. I wanted to do something more family-friendly than a bar crawl, so I thought, I like breakfast, I bet a lot of people like breakfast, and that was that,” he said.
This year’s proceeds will go toward a series of monuments being erected at Veterans Park on South Ocean Avenue.
Rogers said the best part of the event—a “bacon bar crawl” as he calls it—is that restaurants get creative with what they serve, and sometimes that means event-exclusive dishes.
“Even the places that normally serve breakfast, they’ll make something you can’t get on the menu,” he said.
Hopping from one place to another was made easier by Zak Seghrouchni of Pedal Party Long Island, who provided two Pedal Party bikes, one blue and one yellow. Each bike held six passengers and a driver.
“We’re here because Dave mentioned they were doing a crawl—and what better way to get from here to there than on the Pedal Party bike,” said Seghrouchni.
David Kennedy, executive director, Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, spoke about Patchogue being a leader in creating events like the Breakfast Crawl.
“We are so incredibly grateful to Dave for creating this event—and now other communities, all over Long Island and beyond, are doing similar events, too,” he said.
According to Kennedy, Kathy Fallon, recording secretary, Greater Patchogue Chamber, will take the reins for the next Breakfast Crawl. Kennedy said the event is Rogers’s “legacy” and that it is in good hands.
“Dave will be incredibly missed. I wish he was staying. He’s got a tremendous spirit, and I hope the community in Tennessee gets to support him the way we have here,” said Kennedy.