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Bay Shore bars to help Jon Thomas workers

Volunteers from the Bay Shore, West Islip and

Volunteers from the Bay Shore, West Islip and Islip fire departments respond to a fire at the Jon Thomas Inne on Howells Road in Brightwaters. Four residents of apartments above the restaurant were evacuated, according to fire officials. (Dec. 5, 2013) Credit: Paul Mazza

Early in the morning on Thursday, Dec. 5, a fire broke out at the Jon Thomas Inne in Brightwaters. It affected the kitchen, dining area and bar, as well as some of the apartments above the long-lived pub and restaurant.

With a history that dates back to the 1920s, the near-90-year-old venue has damage that will take several weeks to repair, which in turn means many of the Inne’s staffers will be unable to work until all is fixed.

A group of nearby Bay Shore bars have stepped in to try and help by putting together a fundraiser set for Monday, Dec. 16 at 10 p.m.

Calling the benefit "Bay Shore Gives Back," it's to be held at The Nutty Irishman (60 E. Main St. Bay Shore, 631-969-9700) -- and those who pay a $25 donation will receive access to a party featuring a two-hour open bar, DJ music, a raffle and a buffet, with all proceeds to be donated to the Jon Thomas Inne staff in order to make up for their wages lost due to the situation.

Food and drink for this event are being supplied by the ‘Nutty as well as area spots Changing Times (29 East Main St., 631-647-7871), T.J. Finley’s (42 E. Main St., 631-647-4856) and Even Flow Bar & Grill (150 E Main St., 631-665-9696); for more information contact the Nutty Irishman through Facebook (

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