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AJ’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese in Bay Shore is getting in on Thanksgiving Eve, a.k.a. the biggest party night of the year.

Not typically a night-time spot, AJ’s will be closing at 9 p.m. on Nov. 22 and reopening at 9:30 p.m. and staying open until midnight — like the Peach Pit After Dark.

They’ll be serving beer and wine (with deals) and a limited menu for noshing, such as grilled cheese platters, some mac and cheese and select toppings.

Then there are the games, such as Jumbo Jenga.

AJ’s owner Anthony Leis counts himself as a longtime fan of Thanksgiving Eve festivities.

“I’ve always looked forward to going out with friends and have experienced how busy all the downtown bars and restaurants get,” he said. “So I thought, we serve beer and have a place to host a fun Thanksgiving Eve event, so why not jump in on the action?”

The idea for games was to make the night feel a bit more special and different, “and everyone loves Jumbo Jenga,” he said.

It will also serve as a bit of a tryout for AJ’s After Dark.

“If this event is successful and the crowd is there, then I might look to extend our hours on other nights, particularly in the summer for games or trivia nights,” Leis said.

AJ’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese is located at 182 West Main Street in Bay Shore (map below).