Restaurant serving locally caught seafood, farm fresh ingredients to open in Rockaway

Photos courtesy of Riis Park Beach Bazaar

Two Rockaway groups have come together to show people that even though summer is over, you can still grab a delicious meal and drinks with family and friends right by the beach.

Riis Park Beach Bazaar and Wildfeast Foods have announced the opening of the Wildfeast at Riis restaurant and bar, a collaboration between the two located at 157 Rockaway Beach Blvd. within the iconic pavilion currently housing a food court.

The location will be the first brick-and-mortar site for Wildfeast, a specialty caterer known for its 1-acre farm, locally sourced seafood and pastured meats.

Wildfeast at Riis is set to celebrate its grand opening on Oct. 10 and 11 during a two-day Oktoberfest.

“We are very excited and proud to be part of the Rockaway community,” said Belvy Klein of Riis Park Beach Bazaar/Brooklyn, and Mirijana Ujkic, owner of Wildfeast Foods, in a joint statement. “Riis Park is such a treasure. It is truly an iconic location with breathtaking views of both the Atlantic Ocean and NYC. We are very much looking forward to serving and cooking for this amazing community and hosting events for our guests and their families.”

The menu, which features 15 dishes priced under $10, will include not only summertime plates such as shark tacos and a grilled monkfish sandwich, but also fall and winter items such as short rib sliders and Long Island clam chowder.

The restaurant’s starting hours will be 3 to 10 p.m. on Monday, Thursday and Friday, as well as Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. bunch paired with football and other televised sports.

Weekend brunch will include free-range chicken and duck eggs, sweet potato waffles, house-made scones and a traditional Irish breakfast.

Riis Park Beach Bazaar will also expand the current bar at the Art Deco Bay 9 pavilion and operate Riis Point, a sports-themed bar featuring multiple flat-screen televisions showing all kinds of sports. The bar will also have performances by artists and feature craft cocktails.

Parking is free and other activities currently in the works for the upcoming months include a Halloween concert, pumpkin carving contests, farmers markets, crab boils, a Harvest Festival and more.

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