Retro is a renovation of Freeport's star-filled, show biz history. Located at 10 Brooklyn Ave, Al B. White opened this location in 1939, nicknaming it the Town Lodge. Many still remember it as the most popular place around.
Here, new dances of the times like Lindy Hop and Suzie Q and Peckin' could be learned. Mr. Al B. White was an incredible entertainer and host; he was an extremely successful Vaudevillian. From the early 1880s until the early 1930s Vaudeville was a theatrical genre of variety entertainment. Performances would generally consist of separate, unrelated acts grouped together. Musicians, comedians, magicians, dancers, acrobats and trained animals often came together to delight audiences everywhere. Al B white would hold nightly dance contests for patrons here and although he was owner, he sang to his guests all the time. At seventy years old, he could still move you with a ballad.
A great deal of local Vaudevillians later went on to TV and film.. Retro Lounge and Grill clearly carries a wealth of local memories and will forever remind us of why Vaudeville is known as "The heart of American show business." Join us for an unforgettable meal in an unforgettable place filled with the magic that keeps Vaudeville close to our hearts.
Nilka Hendricks a chef from our own long island backyard, became a house hold name after a 6 week stint on the popular 'Hells Kitchen' reality show on fox and has signed on to become the executive chef at the "new" Retro Lounge & grill in Freeport, NY.
After a tremendously successful guest appearance to promote her appearance on 'Hell's Kitchen', Retro ownership convinced the popular Nilka to join the retro staff permanently.
Nilka has designed a diverse menu featuring a blend of international fusion cuisine including our most popular dish a grilled jerk ribeye steak and coconut crusted king crab legs.