Mac and cheese, as served at Declan Quinn's in Bay...

Mac and cheese, as served at Declan Quinn's in Bay Shore in this 2010 photo, was a favorite with locals. Credit: Bruce Gilbert

With cold weather headed our way, we’re all looking for eats both hot and satisfying. To many, that means mac and cheese. With the closing of Declan Quinn’s, located near the Long Island Rail Road station in Bay Shore, Long Islanders have lost a bubbling, gooey and comforting favorite made with bacon and three cheeses. Gone, as well, is Declan Quinn’s soulful shepherd’s pie.

True, to many, the Irish-American pub was more a music venue and sports bar than a restaurant — especially in recent years. Cited for zoning violations by the Town of Islip, it was barred from hosting live music events, which led to its closure.

What those with winter food cravings will miss the most, though, is Declan Quinn's hearty, simple, sustaining fare.

 
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