The Harbor Light Gives a Parade Day Sneak Peak


Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the Harbor Light stands again. Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade was made extra special this year with the beloved restaurant and bar’s doors open right at the beginning of the parade route.

For one day, Rockway got a peak at the new Harbor Light. With a temporary permit, the Harbor Light was able to open its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday, March 2, nearly six and a half years after a fire on the night of Hurricane Sandy, burned the original restaurant to the ground. 

As one of the last places to re-open since Hurricane Sandy tore through town, the Harbor Light’s soft opening was met with overwhelming joy. The restaurant was jam-packed with smiling faces and happy tears as locals took in the view of the new place that somehow seemed familiar. As a somber reminder that Hurricane Sandy wasn’t the only hardship to face the Heeran family, a photo of Charlie Heeran, who died on September 11, 2001, hangs above the bar, toasting all who know that the road back has been anything but easy for the family.

Locals still have to wait for the chicken in a basket, shepherd’s pie and other Harbor Light favorites. During the opening, Irish fare was supplied by the LocoRockapulco food truck, but the beer was flowing aplenty from the new taps at the wood-finished bar.

An official opening is still up in the air as the Harbor Light awaits its Certificate of Occupancy, but rest assured, the Harbor Light will shine in Rockaway again.

Stay tuned for information on the official opening.