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from the LIHerlad.com, Feb. 14, 2012
Saul Lerner, the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District’s athletic director, learned recently that Butch Yamali, a Merrick Board of Education trustee and restaurateur, bought the Sands in Lido Beach and the Coral House in Baldwin. Therein, Lerner saw an opportunity to help feed the poor.
Lerner is a 12-year board member of and volunteer for Rock and Wrap It Up!, a Cedarhurst-based nonprofit food-recovery organization that works with more than 70 professional sports franchises, 160 bands and 200 schools to help collect leftover food and deliver it to soup kitchens and homeless shelters across the country.
Rock and Wrap It Up!, founded by former Lawrence School District trustee Syd Mandelbaum in 1994, has served an estimated 1 billion meals. The organization recently began working with the movie and hotel industries to collect not only food, but also toiletries such as shampoo, soap and shaving cream. And it partners with universities such as Columbia and Fordham to collect the mini-refrigerators that many students would otherwise leave in a dumpster when they graduate. Mandelbaum noted that many of the poor have no place to store the food handouts they receive.
“People look to us because we don’t talk. We do,” said Mandelbaum, who gave up his fulltime job as a geneticist and cancer researcher in 2001 to serve as executive director of Rock and Wrap It Up!
Lerner approached Yamali to see whether he was interested in joining the cause. Yamali, who is well-known throughout the Bellmore-Merrick community for his volunteerism, immediately jumped on board. “Without doubt, I’d love to” get involved, he said.
Lerner thought that if food can be collected from venues as far afield as MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, why not at acclaimed South Shore catering halls like the Sands and the Coral House? So he called Yamali.
On Feb. 9, Yamali and Mandelbaum hashed out final details of their partnership, and by month’s end, the two said, they expect that food will be collected at the Sands and the Coral House once a week.
Yamali, who also owns the Malibu in Lido Beach, Dover Caterers and Carnival Ice Cream and has a stake in Pastrami King in Merrick, said the partnership is a win-win. He said that he has loads of food that goes to waste at the Sands and the Coral House. A youth sports organization, for example, might book a party for 400, and Yamali and his staff must prepare a buffet dinner to accommodate that number of people. But, for any number of reasons, only 350 people might show up, he said. In that case, he has no choice but to throw out all of the extra food, because he cannot save it and reheat it for the next party.
People expect only fresh food from him, Yamali said. By donating excess food to Rock and Wrap It Up! rather than throwing it out, he expects that he can eliminate one dumpster’s worth of garbage at each of his catering halls every month, saving him a considerable amount in disposal costs.
Mandelbaum said that the food would go to soup kitchens in Freeport, Roosevelt and Uniondale, as well as to two battered women’s shelters, whose locations are not disclosed for security reasons.
He added that a secondary of mission of Rock and Wrap It Up! is to reduce the amount of food that winds up in landfills, where it rots, emitting methane into the atmosphere, or in incinerators, where it is burned, sending carbon dioxide up to the skies. Methane and carbon dioxide are both greenhouse gases, and Mandelbaum noted that limiting greenhouse-gas emissions is necessary to control global warming, the slow heating of the Earth over decades.
“I want to change this country,” Mandelbaum said. No doubt, he has, with a little help from friends like Lerner and Yamali.
Butch Yamali, President of The Dover Group, is pleased to announce the acquisition of The Coral House in Baldwin
“There are hundreds of parties that are already booked, and we’re excited to give all of those the same expert and personalized attention that we do for all the events we cater through our other locations including The Sands on Lido Beach, Malibu Shore Club, and Dover Caterers,” says Mr, Yamali. He says he plans on keeping many things just as they are, including the staff.
Mr. Yamali and his family have been in the food service industry since the turn of the 20th century as owners of the famed Pastrami King. In the late 80′s he began making a name for himself on Long Island starting with one ice cream truck which he has since grown into a group of well-established and successful catering companies.
In addition to the Coral House and The Sands on Lido Beach, he and his staff of over 100 are busy running the Malibu Shore Club, MaliBlue Oyster Bar, Malibu Beach Camp, Quick Snack Vending, Carnival Ice Cream, and Dover Caterers.
The Dover Group is Long Island’s largest full-service company in the food service industry.
This summer, we welcomed our newest venue; Maliblue Oyster Bar, which was a HUGE success! Located at Malibu Beach Club, where the famous Malibu Club once stood, we had our first successful season as a Restaurant / Oyster Bar. With countless live performances by great local talents like The Mystic, Zebra and That 70′s Band, we learned that there is nothing like providing good old fashioned great food, great music and a great atmosphere to make everyone happy and keep them coming back for more!! So Thank You ALL who came through our doors this season. We look forward to another great season in 2012! Expect more live music, more great food, and even more surprises from us next season!
Stay Tuned for some BIG changes for next season!!
Check out Maliblue Oyster Bar at www.MaliblueOysterBar.com
The “new” Sands on Lido Beach got a lot of attention this Season. With all of the renovations that took place, The Sands on Lido Beach became, once again, an extremely desirable location for Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet-16′s, Reunions, Christenings and so much more…
As a matter of fact…
- We married 25 happy couples!! 25 Happy Glowing Brides and 20 Happy Glowing Grooms! Just kidding!! 25 VERY HAPPY COUPLES pronounced and declared their love for each other at our beautiful venue this year, and we couldn’t be happier for them!
- We turned 13 boys into men when they had their Bar-Mitzvah with us this year! You all did a fantastic job and we were happy to be a part of your very special day! Mazal Tov!
- We retired 6 police officers.
- We held 5 installation dinners for different Fire Departments.
- We hosted 20 Sweet-16′s, as we watched their Fathers beaming with pride, joy, and a little bit of fear to see their beautiful girls becoming lovely young women.
- We held 6 Quinceañera’s, a special 15th Birthday Celebration, also marking the transition of childhood to young womanhood.
We are happy and proud to have been a part of all of these special events.
We are in the process of BOOKING HOLIDAY PARTIES NOW!!! How about a “Holiday Mixer??”
For those companies with less than 50 employees, and would like to have a holiday party but just don’t have enough employees to secure a Catering Hall, we have a GREAT IDEA!!
Have a HOLIDAY MIXER!!! We will work out ALL the details! You pick the date, and we will plan the party for you with one or more companies to get to that 50 person minimum! What a GREAT way to network AND have fun for your holiday party!
CALL NOW FOR MORE INFO!! (516) 933-4444
We had another GREAT year at Malibu Beach Camp! With record numbers signing up, we were lucky enough to meet LOTS of new kids and parents that we are sure will be a part of the Malibu Family forever! There were LOTS of new friendships formed, lots of old friendships that were rekindled, and lots of fun was had by ALL! From the campers to the counselors, from learning new things to playing our old favorites… This was one great summer. It was sad to see it go… But luckily, we ended our summer with a Carnival that wowed us all! Thanks for the memories Malibu Beach Camp. We will miss you all, we wish you a fantastic school year, and we can’t wait for next year!!!
We Thank You ALL for a wonderful summer at Malibu Beach Camp!! See you next year!
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Who doesn’t remember dancing the nights away at Lido Beach’s Malibu Nightclub back in the ’80s? The many rooms were once plied with partying Long Islanders who traveled far and wide to see the hottest musicians—everyone from Joan Jett to U2. Malibu was run by the Grecco brothers, who set out in 1979 to create a club unlike any other on the Island that would invite a diverse group, with one room dedicated to disco and another to alternative music. The nighttime hangout became notorious for drawing enormous crowds…until the mid ’90s, when it closed its doors for good.
Malibu eventually ended up under the direction of Butch Yamali of the Dover Group, and remained an exclusive beach club, the Malibu Shore Club, offering guests exclusive cabana memberships and private beach access.
This past month, Yamali unveiled a very exciting addition: the new Maliblue Oyster Bar. The restaurant aims to bring back the old crowd by adopting the mantra, “We traded our dancing shoes for a bucket of oysters.”
For Yamali, Maliblue was an important investment. “Yamali wanted to bring back the old times, but bring back the entire family,” says Brian Rosenberg, director of public relations at the Dover Group. “It’s funny—one story went, ‘Mommy met Daddy there 20 years ago.’”
Maliblue opened to the public for the first time this past Saturday with the original bar still intact.
“You can drink where Billy Joel once had a drink,” says Yamali. “We also have the original Malibu logo on the wall in mosaic.”
Maliblue Oyster Bar has a very South Beach feel, and looks more like a resort with a baby-blue floor, washed driftwood on the walls, and river stones lined below the bar for a footrest. Not to mention the exotic plants throughout. “I flew to Florida and shipped back palm trees and exotic plants,” says Yamali.
The restaurant (open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) offers patrons indoor space, consisting of two rooms that feature a wave wall and blue lights, and an outdoor brick patio that can accommodate around 90 people.
Maliblue Chef Chris Seidl (sous chef at the former Trattachino in Wantagh and also Babylon Carriage House) serves up culinary pleasure to please any palate for an equally pleasing price.
The clever menu looks similar to the old lineup at Malibu with entrees named after local music legends like Billy Joel and Joan Jett. The “Billy Joel Linguini & Clams” comes with “a bowl of red or a bowl of white” ($13). The “Joan Jett Lobster Rock & Roll” consists of fresh steamed lobster, celery, mayo and sliced avocado on a roll served with a side of French fries or coleslaw ($13). For a little extra, patrons can opt for “The Tower of Power” ($19), which comes with little neck clams, oysters, jumbo shrimp and crab legs.
“We have a raw bar that allows people to view the fresh fish, clams, oysters and lobsters that we have,” says Yamali.
For drinks, choices include Maliblue Sunset, a tequila-and-pineapple juice mix; Mojo Rising Mojito, featuring citrus and orange rums, a splash of seltzer and muddled fresh mint. Mali-U2 Sour is another choice cocktail; it’s a tasty whiskey sour. (All cocktails are $8; top-shelf add $2.)
Time for dessert? Who are you kidding? There’s always time for dessert, if it’s this good. You’ll surely want to stick around at Maliblue where dessert offerings range from fruit to cake. In fact, may we recommend the famed Junior’s Cheesecake ($5)? Yum. Dancing days are here again!
1500 Lido Beach Blvd, Lido Beach