Jolly Fisherman to close after 66 years

Jolly Fisherman to close after 66 years

After 66 years, the Jolly Fisherman & Steak House is closing its doors.

“It’s been a good run,” a Facebook post from Lori and Steven Scheiner states. “We have decided it is time for us to say goodbye.”

The Scheiner family has owned and operated the seafood and steak house restaurant at 25 Main St. in Roslyn since 1957, in the hands of three generations of the family.

One former owner was the late Fred Scheiner, Steven Scheiner’s father, who on top of being a restaurant owner and family man was also a pilot and civil rights activist who earned a spot on President Nixon’s enemies list.

He was an early and constant supporter of Dr. Martin Luther King’s civil rights initiatives and was among his primary financial backers.

The Scheiners’ thanked their staff, family and customers in the Facebook post for their restaurant’s success.

“We thank all our customers, many, many whose names we learned and who returned with their friends and children across generations, celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, weddings and new children, mourning loved one’s passings,” the post states. “We knew your preferred drinks, your preferred tables, your special food preparations. We thank you for choosing us.”

They gave a special shoutout to their staff along the way as well.

“We have had people work one day for us and others for 45+ years,” the post states. “Back of house, front of house, the staff is the heart of our business.”

Lori and Steven Scheiner reflected on their business’ stay in Roslyn, thanking the village and appreciating its growth as a restaurant destination.

“Our view over the Roslyn Duck Pond has been a source of beauty and peace for us arriving at the restaurant each day,” the post states. “Requests for our window tables was a constant struggle between supply and demand. And some were very demanding!”

The restaurant will stay open through the end of June, with the owners inviting guests to continue visiting and enjoying their notable dishes until they close.

“We hope you will miss us when we are gone, we know we will miss you,” the post states.

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  1. One of the premier restaurants in Roslyn and around Long Island. The few times that I had dined there, it was an extremely pleasurable experience, with super delicious food, incredible staff, and outstanding service. Everyone who has ever eaten there knows this! I will be going there before they close as many times as possible.

  2. They served so beautifully and so smartly! The relish trays and wonderfully baked muffins and breads BEFORE the meal!!!That’s what set them apart from other restaurants! Some restaurants are afraid to put a piece of bread out!! They had the right idea.. put the food out and make people happy. That was the key to their success.So sorry they are closing.

  3. my late brother Mike and his wife were regular Saturday evening diners for years. Gloria was the life of the party and everyone knew Mike at the bar where he was able to relax after a tough week at the Mobil gas and repair shop he owned.
    Our family revisited the restaurant recently for memories, and of course the great food and view of the Pond.


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