Callie’s is Open For Business and Bringing the Beef

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 What a time to open! At a time when restaurants across the state are closed or restricted to takeout and delivery service due to coronavirus, the owners of Callie’s are ready to go. The long-awaited roast beef sandwich spot on Beach 129th Street is now open.

During the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day parade, the community got a sneak peek of the new spot and its mouthwatering menu, which got locals ramped up for the official grand opening. As for most businesses, coronavirus put a wrench in those plans, but it didn’t stop the owners from finally opening their doors to the extent they can. This past weekend, Callie’s, located at 410 Beach 129th Street, opened for take-out, and the orders came flooding in.

This Rockaway Times reporter was fortunate enough to sample the menu during the opening weekend. The menu consists of juicy roast beef sandwiches, chicken sandwiches (both grilled and fried), burgers, grilled cheese, and the pièce de résistance, the  french fries. Additionally, options like chicken fingers and mac and cheese are sure to keep kids happy. Plus, kids and adults can also enjoy fountain drinks, coffee, and cookies. And that’s just a small taste of what’s to come.

Callie’s is owned and operated by Tommy Callahan, Brian Leary, and Terence Mullin. Mullin shared with The  Rockaway Times their future plans. As soon as the coronavirus quarantine is lifted, the restaurant will open for dining in and they will have a liquor license, so customers will be able to enjoy the bar as well. While indoor space is limited, Callie’s will also have an awning outside over additional tables and chairs so customers can enjoy their meal in the sun. They will also be expanding the menu to include a full salad bar, as well as a full liquid bar, which will include frozen drinks for those hot summer days. Mullin says Callie’s will provide a full family-fun experience beyond the delicious eats and drinks. They’re planning activities such as pop-up movie nights out on the grass, while customers enjoy a delicious Callie’s meal.

In the meantime, during opening weekend, Mullin’s wife, Chrissy Callahan Mullin, was happy to report that all the customers were respectfully practicing social distancing while eagerly awaiting their first bites. “Everyone wanted to support the opening, it was packed!” she said. Mullin’s children were all at the restaurant, helping deliver food to the cars for pick-up orders. All employees are also practicing extra safety measures when handling the food, packaging it up, and passing it to customers. With the whole Mullin and Callahan families on board helping with the opening, it really stood up to its name. After all, Callie’s is short for Tommy and Chrissy’s last name—Callahan.

Since their soft opening, Rockaway residents have been raving about the delicious menu Callie’s has to offer. Customer, Mark Aiken, wrote on Facebook, “Just had some fresh roast beef sandwiches from Callie’s, and they were delicious!!” Another satisfied customer, Tara McGuinness chimed in about her family’s love for the new spot, saying, “Timothy had two this afternoon. One there, and one at home!”

 In just a short amount of time, Callie’s has delighted the pallet and captured the hearts of many Rockaway locals. In challenging times such as these, supporting local businesses is extremely important, and Rockaway residents are already showing the love for Callie’s. “This community is amazing, and we look forward to serving you,” Callie’s posted to its Instagram after the opening weekend.

Callie’s will be back open this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. As they work out the kinks, they will start to expand to more regular hours of 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays and 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

For additional information regarding Callie’s take-out/delivery options, call 929-343-5468, or visit their website: www.calliesrb.com

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