Matt Prince was 19 when he opened his first bar at Hofstra University. The Long Island lounge called Bogart’s became so popular that the hospitality maverick opened a second and third location before selling them in a succession of sweet deals, the last about 10 years ago.
Revamping a well known space is a hard task, but who better than Long Island’s own Matt Prince. An operating force behind iconic establishments like Bogarts and Chrebet’s, Prince knew changing Roslyn’s notorious Chalet and turning it into his own vision wouldn’t be easy – but it’d be worth it.
One might think the song “Vienna Calling” by the late Falco inspired the name, but, as new owner Matt Prince explains, it’s the Billy Joel song “Vienna” that inspired the venue’s new moniker, “as I want this place to be a fun spot, where people will hear music they love.” Although the menu will still be chef-driven, Prince says, “I don’t want this to be thought of as a restaurant first, instead of as a lounge with fantastic food.”
The only thing that could make this bit of news more Long Island is a plate of pickled-banana-peppers parmigiana. A restaurant and lounge named for Billy Joel’s song “Vienna” will open in the town of Roslyn this October. Per Newsday, the restaurant’s owner, Matt Prince, says, “I want this place to be a fun spot,” a reminder that nothing is more fun a family party where your sauced uncle plays “Piano Man” for the fourth time in a night.
When Matt Prince was offered ownership of Chalet Restaurant and Tap Room in Roslyn, he wasn’t looking to buy. Prince has owned bars before—Chrebets in Uniondale and Bogarts in Hempstead and Long Beach—but had taken years off to be a full-time dad to his three sons.