The New York State Liquor Authority has pulled the plug on Bay Shore’s Nashville Thursdays.

The plans for the event included sidewalk dining, live music, and pop-up shops.

Nashville Thursdays were supposed to begin this Thursday and run into the fall.

“In these trying times, we were hoping to provide some entertainment to our socially distanced guests and also wanted to help out local musicians back to work,” said Mike McElwee of the Bay Shore Restaurant Committee, which organized this summer series.

The goal is to bring this promotion back for a future date, McElwee told GreaterBayShore.

We hope to bring this promotion back at a future date

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Every Thursday, starting July 2 to the end of summer, Bay Shore’s Main Street is going to resemble downtown Nashville.

That’s because the Bay Shore Restaurant Committee is launching a new entertainment series called Nashville Thursdays.

In the Nashville Broadway District, live music, varying in genre, is performed all day and night long in the downtown’s restaurants, bars and shops. “We’re trying to recreate that atmosphere and vibe,” said Mike McElwee of the restaurant committee, which is part of the Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce.

The event will feature live music at local restaurants and bars on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

These establishments will be offering sidewalk dining services, while pop-up shops will also be available, as well.

The key to the nights are quality musical performances coming from local talent, says McElwee.

“We want to showcase our great Long Island musicians,” said McElwee.

Many of these performers have been out of work due to the pandemic, so make sure to drops some cash in their tip jars.

As far as dining goes, there will be limited seating, so calling ahead to each place is strongly recommended. Face coverings will be required when not seated at a table or the bar. See the participating locations below.

the participants

  • Changing Times
  • Coastal Kitchen and Cocktails
  • Corks & Taps
  • The Cortland
  • Fire Island Vines
  • Local Burger Co.
  • Napper Tandy’s
  • Penny Pub
  • Pico
  • Salt & Barrel
  • Southside Bar & Restaurant
  • The Tap Room
  • The Linwood
  • TJ Finley’s
  • Tula Kitchen
  • Tullulah’s
  • Verde

Top: File photo from 2018’s Alive by the Bay street festival in Bay Shore (credit: Ethan Meyer)