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New Bar Opening at Cafe Badabing Site in Port Jefferson

Called, La Paz, the bar will also serve Spanish-American style food.

The former site of multiple bars at 1615 Main Street in Port Jefferson will be reopening as a bar/restaurant called La Paz serving Spanish-American cuisine in a few weeks, according to a man who identified himself as the owner. 

The property at that address had been a few different places over the years, the last a club called The Riff. It had also been known as Café Badabing and became infamous because of a murder that took place there in 2006.

Various reports say that a drifter named Daniel Callahan killed William Moschinger of Selden when Moschinger commented that Callahan’s clean cut appearance made him look like a cop. The owner of the bar made the gruesome discovery the next day.

The bar closed down sometime afterwards and subsequently was home to The Riff. A sign for The Riff still hung above the front doors as recently as March 1.

A man who answered the door at the restaurant on Wednesday said that he was the new owner. He had a very heavy accent and had trouble answering questions. He did say that the bar/restaurant might open in a few weeks and that it was going to serve Spanish-American style food.

According to Google's translation tool, La Paz literally means "The Peace." La Paz is also the administrative capital city of Bolivia.

Yvonne Affronti June 10, 2011 at 04:31 PM
I wish him/them all the luck in the world.

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