Councilman Anthony D’Esposito is applauding Island Park’s restaurant, Peter’s Clam Bar, during “National Clam Week,” for winning the News 12 Long Island 2018 Food Fight contest. Councilman D’Esposito met today with Owner Butch Yamali, an Island Park native whose mother and aunt still reside in the small community, to offer his congratulations to Yamali for his dedicated service to the Island Park community.
“Peter’s Clam Bar is a fixture in my hometown of Island Park since 1939, and Butch Yamali is not only a local businessman, but an active member of the community who cares deeply about Island Park,” said Councilman D’Esposito. “Peter’s Clam Bar is a “hidden gem” for families to gather and make memories. There is nothing quite like stopping by Peter’s Clam Bar after a summer’s day at the beach to sit waterside and enjoy the scenic view and fresh clams from the bay.”
Peter’s Clam Bar was the only restaurant in the Town of Hempstead to be one of 12 finalists for the island-wide competition, added D’Esposito. Winners were chosen by voting online, and more than 21,000 votes poured in for the renowned restaurant.
“Finalists were from throughout Long Island, and yet Peter’s Clam Bar, which hails from the small town of Island Park, was victorious,” commented Butch Yamali. “We won because of our reputation for good food and service, and our customers proved that every vote matters. I am so thankful to the community for their generous votes which garnered this outstanding recognition for my restaurant.”
D’Esposito noted Peter’s Clam Bar’s long list of community and philanthropic involvement, including sponsoring the Island Park Fire Department’s annual Christmas tree sale, Island Park’s little league teams and sponsoring and working a booth at Island Park’s acclaimed San Gennaro Feast organized by Sacred Heart Church. In addition, D’Esposito added that the restaurant hosts an annual clam eating contest with proceeds benefitting first responders.
“As an Ex-Chief of the Island Park Fire Department, I am proud to have Butch as an honorary chief of the Island Park Fire Department and a member of our small-town community,” concluded D’Esposito. “I am thrilled that Peter’s Clam Bar won this exciting food title and Island Park can now boast of such a great achievement.”