Ever craved an O’Mally’s burger on your lunch break only to be disappointed by the Southold restaurant’s dinner-only hours during the week? Fret not: your concerns have been heard.
On Monday, the restaurant began serving lunch seven days a week, not just on weekends as it had previously. Owner Jimmy Kokotas said the decision was a “win-win.”
“Instead of closing like some places will start to do in the next couple of months, we figured we’d extend the hours to give the staff we have some more hours instead of giving them fewer hours or forced time off,” he said. “We’ll do a little bit of business, and at the same time, we’ll be able to keep people working.”
To accompany the change, O’Mally’s will offer a new lunch menu including favorites such as burgers and lighter fare such as sandwiches and paninis. Overall, lunch will have a lower price point “from $11 and up,” Kokotas said, and the full dinner menu will be available, too.
O’Mally’s will now be open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight every day. Beginning lunch hours during the off-season should help the staff “work out the kinks” before next summer’s rush, Kokotas said.
Patrons can also call or fax ahead to place orders for take-out if they do not have time to eat in the restaurant itself.
Kokotas, who purchased O’Mally’s in December and reopened it with a new look in February, said his long-term goal is to begin serving breakfast at the Southold eatery since his Tom’s Restaurants in Brooklyn are known for the most important meal of the day.
“It feels good to make some progress,” he said. “We want to be able to offer people what we know we can do and something that is not necessarily offered out there.”
Photo caption: O’Mally’s in Southold now serves lunch every year. (Credit: Chris Lisinski)