BREIDENBACHS and spirits...We are either drinking them or serving them. It's in our blood. It is why 3 generations of Breidenbach men went into the saloon business and why the first FEMALE Breidenbach was destined to do the same.
When Amy Breidenbach (Crabby Amy's & Catfish Max) discovered a long lost business card that belonged to her great grandfather, William, it was all the inspiration she needed for her 3rd Seaford Harbor business venture. But first we need to go back to the beginning...
From the late 1800's to the early 1920's, William owned a Brooklyn saloon that catered to men only. Back in the day, women were not welcomed in a man's bar and it seems, most women had no desire to belly up to a bar, spit in a bucket, or befoul their rosebud lips with beer breath. Many women marched for equality and the right to vote; others campaigned to ban saloons altogether.
After the Volstead Act was enacted in 1920 and Prohibition became the law of the land, great grandpa William took his saloon underground and ran it as a speakeasy. Eventually, he moved to a new locationin Woodside Queens on Jackson Ave. His establishment was the Jackson Road House.
In time, William turned the business over to his son, Frank (Amy's grandfather) who ran the business with his beautiful wife Mary Agnes (AKA Nana). Mary Agnes aided and abetted her young husband by taking over the kitchen and cooking up the "blue plate specials". On occasion, Mary Agnes would transpot "hootch" in a baby carriage. By the time Prohibition ended in 1933, each of Amy's aunts and uncles had their turn in the baby carriage. Born a couple of months earlier, the last unwitting baby accomplice was Amy's dad, Jim Beidenbach.
The Jackson Road House continued to be a happy gathering place for many years. The family business lifted the spirits and filled the rafters with song and laughter during the dry days and it helped put food on the table and supported a growing family during the darkest days of the Great Depression.
In 1984, after Capt. Jim Breidenbach retired from the FDNY, he found the perfect place to pick up where his father had left off. He found it in Seaford Harbor and called it Cap's. In time his youngest daughter felt the "family calling" and was raring to go.
So now...more than a century later...
Welcome to Amy Breidenbach's Bayview Tavern!!!