Bat McGrath comes back to the Blue Eagle

Saturday, June 30

3 – 5 p.m., Tom Batz on the piano

6 – 8 p.m., Bat McGrath

9 p.m.  – midnight, Out of the Blue

With smoked pork shoulder by Cajun D with all the fixings.

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The legendary Blue Eagle Tavern up Italy Hill Road from Branchport will open its doors once again, and one of the first guests will be the man who helped make it famous.

Singer Bat McGrath will return to the bar that lent its name to his album, “From the Blue Eagle,” for an outdoor concert Saturday, June 30.

New owner Cindy Tucker is understandably excited about resurrecting a place that has meant so much to so many people.

The work to get ready has been progressing rapidly to be prepared for the opening this week and for the big concert this weekend. This has been the hope of many ever since the Blue Eagle closed after the tragic death of former owner Jimmy Burke.

Tucker, a native of Kansas City, but more recently of Panama City Beach, Fla., learned the closed Blue Eagle was on the market when some biker friends wanted to organize a “Poker Run.”

She had never been to the area, but one visit to see it was enough to convince her it was the place for the next chapter in her life. “The people here are wonderful. Everyone has been more than helpful,” she says.

With experience managing fast food restaurants and as a trainer for the Cracker Barrel franchise, Tucker has the business and service skills to ensure the Blue Eagle’s new success. She sees the Blue Eagle as being a family friendly place that is still welcoming to those who remember it from the old days.

Some improvements include an outdoor seating area on a new deck and a mural painted by local artist Brian Buckley.

The Blue Eagle will be open 11 a.m. to  1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sundays, featuring a menu of burgers, sandwiches, and popular appetizers, as well as a home cooked lunch special every day.