Stephanie Daniele hadn’t even left work yet Thursday afternoon, but she already knew she’d need a drink after her Long Island Rail Road commute.
“Somebody at work said ‘Oh my God, Milleridge Inn is having this party,’ and I said ‘I’ve got to go,’” Daniele, of Glen Cove said.
The Milleridge Inn in Jericho offered respite to weary LIRR commuters Thursday at its “LIRR Sucks Party,” according to the restaurant’s general manager, Richard Wykerd.
Anyone with an LIRR ticket could receive a free house cocktail or mixed beverage at the restaurant, Wykerd said. The promotion ran all day and was also available Friday, when the restaurant is open until 9:30 p.m.
After nearly 80 trains were canceled during the height of Wednesday’s evening rush hour, Milleridge Innkeeper Butch Yamali said they wanted to do something for their customers, many of whom commute every day on the LIRR.
“As a former commuter, I know there’s nothing worse than waiting for hours to catch a train, especially after a long work day,” Yamali said in a news release. “Hundreds of our customers commute every day to and from the city, and they’ve really been feeling the pain.”
Daniele and her husband Robert were part of a handful of customers who took the restaurant up on its offer Thursday. Stephanie sipped on a margarita and Robert Daniele ordered an Old Fashioned as they commiserated about their lengthy commutes.
Stephanie Daniele said she lives near the station in Glen Cove and only works four blocks from Penn Station, but on a bad day, it takes her as much as three hours one way.
“It’s only 25 miles away. I could get to Florida faster or fly to the Bahamas,” she said.
The couple said this week’s cancellations, combined with the past several weeks of delays and missed trains, were so bad that they’re considering a move back to Queens and a more reliable New York City subway system.
Luckily, the couple’s trains Thursday ran on time, and they made it to the bar by 8 p.m.
“We need free drinks after the hassle of Penn Station,” Robert Daniele said, holding his glass up in a toast. “Thanks, Milleridge Inn!“