There's no question that Napper Tandy's in Smithtown has been a cornerstone of Long Island nightlife for the past several years. At this point (save last year's addition of the sidewalk patio), you know what to expect when you head to this spot -- big crowds, DJs playing hits and club music and sports playing on many screens. And who'd want to change any of that, right? Well, there aren't any plans to change the scene, but perhaps we'll be seeing a whole lot more of Napper Tandy's very soon.
All one needs to do is drive by and see the sign in the window of the now-defunct adjacent Ultimate Tae Kwon Do Centers that reads, "Coming Soon ... Napper Tandy's ... New Home With A New Look," to know something's going on. But if you are one of the thousands who have come to "Napper's" over the years, you may notice a change inside.
The room looks pretty much the same at first, though the rear of the building no longer has a stage. But walk all the way to the back and head left, and you'll find a hallway that runs the length of the former martial arts store connecting to a new area.
It's not complete, but the dance floor has shifted to the new area, bigger and equipped with a larger stage, situated toward the back half with the front half under construction as of this writing. According to a staffer, the added footage will bump up the restaurant presence, with the bar also extending through. As for the improved performance platform, live music will reportedly see more action and the venue will be able to entertain larger groups of guests; it's being referred to as Napper Tandy's Concert Hall.
It may be a few months before everything is complete, but the grand opening for the space (as announced on the NT Facebook page) is set for Saturday, May 7, at 9 p.m. with a show from super-popular act That 70's Band.