56th Fighter Group Restaurant to Shut Down

Restaurant opened 28 years ago on airport grounds.

The is closing its doors for good on Aug. 12.

The restaurant, on the grounds of Republic Airport in East Farmingdale, has operated for 28 years. A restaurant employee told Patch on Thursday that the restaurant hadn't been able to reach an agreement on renewing its lease. The restaurant's general manager wasn't available to provide furthe details.

OpenTable.com said of the restaurant, "A visit to the 56th Fighter Group will transport you back to an era of Big Band music and unparalleled patriotism. This charming 1917 French Style Allied Headquarters Farmhouse sits on the site where the P47 fighter aircraft was built during WWII."

Reviews of the restaurant are mostly positive, praising both the American cuisine and its aircraft themes.

The restaurant is part of the Specialty Restaurants Corp., which operates numerous themed restaurants in six states. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Dale from Farmingdale July 19, 2012 at 11:33 PM
OMG...best Sunday Brunch Buffet ANYWHERE! And when my boys were little, they LOVED the atmosphere. And such great after-work summer outdoor parties...will be SORELY missed!
Kathy July 20, 2012 at 12:15 AM
No dont leave and fight for your rights. Best beer cheese soup anywhere and we go there every year for mother s day brunch and sometimes for Fathers day too. We are regualrs there and we love it and the people who work there care about their customers.....please dont leave :(
jim walsh July 20, 2012 at 02:45 AM
why dont all the office seekers who have all the electiion money in there war chest bale out a patriotic place like this
Pam Robinson (Editor) July 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM
We plan to follow up today. We do not know who precisely is responsible for the lease at this point since no one returned calls last night. And we're not going to guess or speculate in a published story.
Constance Shannon July 20, 2012 at 02:56 PM
The thought of never again being able to enjoy the beer cheese soup and all the other delicious choices at this restaurant makes me very sad! We have always enjoyed the atmosphere too!
Emily Cappiello July 20, 2012 at 03:30 PM
No one informed me about beer cheese soup...Guess I'll have to make a visit before it closes or miss out forever!
John Rennhack July 20, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Why would the MTA have any property at Republic Airport?
Pam Robinson (Editor) July 21, 2012 at 12:18 AM
The MTA does not have anything to do with the airport, though it did years ago. We'll have a story in the morning.
Joann Filoseta-Verneuille July 21, 2012 at 01:12 AM
NO!! The atmosphere is so wonderful. Love seeing and hearing the planes taking off and landing.
Chris Wendt July 21, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Thanks, Pam!
Chris Wendt July 21, 2012 at 02:11 AM
I must try to get over there before they close.
Maureen Smith July 21, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Oh no! This place was awesome and rich in aviation history. Had dinner there with my co-workers twice for our annual Christmas party.
Scott July 24, 2012 at 02:39 PM
So sad to hear of this. This place is a tradition for so many. Yet another boarded up buidling in F'dale.
Ralph Hummel July 30, 2012 at 08:41 PM
What terrible news. This place is a landmark and has the best Sunday brunch on Long Island.
pamela August 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Going this Sunday to say goodbye to a landmark and the best brunch anywhere. Very sad day!
JERI August 12, 2012 at 01:13 PM
alot of memories in the 56th,especially the friday happy hours in the back yard,cheap beer,great atmosphere,and as you all know, the beer cheese soup. i am glad my dad celebrated his 75th there,family and friends,all were impressed,i thought maybe my 60th,i will have to look else where,farewell you iconic piece of L.I. HISTORY!!!!
Sanford Sardo August 13, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Oh no! This is terrible news. I've had the pleasure of dining there several times; the theming itself is worth the visit. What a shame.
Camille A Gitter August 16, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Just found out about closing. Can't believe it, very dissappointed that it couldn't be saved & lease renewed!! It was a great part of Farmingdale's history!! Going to miss it, Rt 110 will never be the same!!
Camille A Gitter August 16, 2012 at 06:58 AM
Why didn't someone declare it an historical landmark and save the 56th Fighters Group Resturant and all it's property???
Jerry Redmond August 17, 2012 at 09:05 AM
Who was the scoundrel that caused this to happen? How dare they demand a leasing agreement that the restaurant couldn't live with? How can we live without the 56th? It's been an institution and place for good food and fun for nearly three decades. This is tragic. I say we form a lynch mob (or at least a lunch mob) and find the culprit and bring him to his senses......at the end of a rope if need be!
debbie romano mallory August 18, 2012 at 09:26 PM
It was our fav place to eat and drink. Not expensive and felt like you were sitting and eating at grandmas house. Very warm, hospitable atmosphire. :-(
Ken Goldstein September 09, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Truly a very sad loss shows no loyalty to a major landmark shame on Babylon for not trying hard enough to save this great resturant and causing the loss of a great wait staff some of whom will find it very difficult to find work in this econony once again greed shows its ugly head and the working man suffers for it.
Rich Chapman October 01, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Sorry to hear about the closing. Went there for many family occasions. My late mom loved the beer cheese soup. Any time she came up from Florida we had to go there so she could have it. Staff was always great!


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