Operating restaurants and bars runs in the blood of Chris Kane, the owner of Lindenhurst’s new eatery RipTides Cocktails and Grill.
“I’ve been working in this industry all my life,” said Kane. “It is something I am passionate about.”
At an early age, Kane, remembers living above his family’s restaurant in Ireland.
“Before school, at 7 and 8, I had to pack bottles into cases,” he recalled. “I can still smell the cigarettes and beer.”
At 11, he began working at a local bakery. Then he went to culinary school in France, he says, worked as a chef in Spain and Turkey, and then started consulting for restaurants.
“I’ve helped open places in Ireland, London, and New York City,” he said.
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He’s now shifted his focus to Lindenhurst.
“This is one of the most up-and-coming areas right now on Long Island,” he said.
In October, he partnered with Lindenhurst native CJ Saccente in opening RipTides at 168 East Montauk Highway.
After a complete renovation, the two opened the 78-seat restaurant with a 20-seat bar last Friday.
“It has been amazing,” said Kane.
According to the two, their focus is serving “great food and great cocktails” with a family-friendly atmosphere.
“It’s important to serve families and support the local area,” said Saccente, whose children go to Lindenhurst School District.
Riptides’ food menu consists of American continental options with a focus on seafood.
You’ll find items such as fish and chips, clams, steaks, and burgers.
“We also have the best wings in town,” added Kane.
The cocktail list is very important to Kane, who is passionate about bartending.
“All cocktails are hand-crafted, everything here is fresh,” he said.
Some of the highlights behind the bar, Kane explained, are his trained mixologists who hand-cuts their own ice and use fresh ingredients, as well as his hand-picked, wide selection of bourbon and whiskeys. RipTides is also the first Long Island location with Tito’s vodka on tap.
“The way we do things is very, very different than most,” said Kane.
RipTides will soon be adding brunch hours on Sundays.
“We’re going to do that differently, too,” said Kane. “We have this $48 Bloody Mary that is huge with French fries and a cheeseburger sticking out of it.”
See photos of the restaurant/bar below.
Top: Chris Kane, co-owner of Riptides Cocktails and Grill in Lindenhurst.