The Post Office Café has been a mainstay in downtown Babylon Village for four decades now.

To celebrate the restaurant’s 40th anniversary, Lessing’s Hospitality Group — which owns the location — is throwing a huge bash on Friday, Oct. 5.

“Our Post Office team is the reason why we’re still around today,” said Michael Lessing, president of Lessing’s. “40 years later, the next generation of ‘PO’s finest” truly lives up to our mission of remarkable hospitality.”

The party begins with South Shore musician Bobby Digital performing from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. He’ll be joined by the rest of the  J Haus Band at 9 p.m.

Happy hour is from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Post Office waitress Kate serving up some beer and a large pretzel. (Courtesy)

Blue Point Brewery is setting up a tent outside and offering $4 drafts all night. The brewery will also be raffling a Bunger Surf Shop surfboard at 8 p.m.

People from all around have already started congratulating the Post Office for its years on Main Street.

“We all know too well how challenging it is to have success in this competitive market,” said Matt Yonick of Manhattan Beer Distributors, “and you have made it your mission to stay relevant, evolving with the times, and all along the way providing consistent top-notch service and great food.”

Post Office, located at 130 West Main Street, was renovated for the first time ever last September.

And former Post Office bartender, manager, and now executive vice president of Lessing’s Restaurant Group, Mark Lessing, couldn’t be more proud of how far the place has come.

“It feels incredible to be part of such an amazing family for so many years,” he said.  “The teamwork that’s made the PO what it is today is what’s the secret sauce.”

the history

The property at 130 West Main Street, formerly a U.S. Postal Service office built in the 1930s, was purchased by Lessing’s founder Jack Lessing in 1978.

It was later turned into a family pub and opened as the Post Office Café. This was also a time when bars were bars, diners were diners, and restaurants were restaurants.

The Post Office helped break that mold here in Suffolk County, building what would later come to be referred to as a bar & grill or a gastro pub.

“The success of the Post Office led to the Lessings opening five ‘Main Street’ restaurants on Long Island — in Huntington, Farmingdale, Islip, Babylon, and Bay Shore,” said Jen Cantin, Lessing’s director of marketing and development.

In addition to those five eateries, the Lessing’s family owns and operates over two dozen restaurants, pubs, and catering halls throughout Long Island, Westchester, and Jupiter, Florida.

Top: The Post Office’s managers throughout the years. (Courtesy photo.) 

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