After several years of Matty T's Roadhouse in Deer Park standing as the only haven for fans of country music and its culture, The Nutty Irishman in Bay Shore added a night of line dancing and live bands playing honky-tonk -- giving Suffolk County not one but two different places perfect for dressing up in your cowboy finest and boot-scooting around the floor. However, Nassau remained a country-less county, a place where there was nowhere to hang your Stetson hat and kick up some moves ... until April 16, that is -- for last Saturday brought the arrival of Bullitts Saloon in Bellmore. Now there is finally a spot for country fans west of Route 110.

A flier promoting the opening had promised "Country & Rock," but from the moment I walked into the new venue, the speakers were blaring nothing but that Nashville sound. There will be many themed nights to come, but here's the game-changer: every Thursday starting at 8 p.m. Bullitts will host an evening of line dancing. There's no cover, and with darts, a pool table and big flat screen TVs, even a non-country fan can keep occupied.

Knowing how many Nassau residents have waited for a chance to slap their heels at a round-up like this, we're thinking the modestly-sized dance floor will be pretty full come Thursday.

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