Book Signings

We will be discussing and signing copies of our book Long Island Oddities at the following dates and locations:

10/23/13 7PM Carle Place, Barnes and Noble

10/24/13 7PM Bay Shore, Barnes and Noble

10/30/13 7PM Lake Grove, Barnes and Noble




Bronco Charlie's Restaurant was in business for many years. In 1930 it was only a small log cabin that served ice cream eggs, milk and other edibles. The log cabin still remains today attached to the rest of the abandoned restaurant. The name itself, as well as the log cabin, both have historical significance.

Bronco Charlie Miller was one of the first Pony Express riders and had the distinction of being the youngest, all this at age 11. He rode across the county for about 5 months. Later he settled down in Oakdale and built a log cabin for himself. The log Cabin eventually perished. However, Charlie had another log cabin along Montauk Highway, used as a store. This eventually became a restaurant before becoming abandoned. It has sadly been demolished.


Comments (6)

    I gew up in Oakdale, and my grandparents lived in Idle Hour.. my parents used to go to this restaurant all the saddens me that it no longer remains. I used to look forward to driviing past it when I would return to the island years after I moved. My grandfather used to have a sign painting business, near the train station... "MANFREDI SIGNS" I think.. My best to all of you, and I so love this site.
    Lisa Manfredi
    HI   My mom was a waitress and worked there for many years.  I used to spend many a day in that restaurant when I was a kid!!
    Use to go to this restaurant when I was a student at LaSalle Military Academy in Oakdale.This was during the 60's...
    I worked st the restaurant ges from 1967 to 1970as a buds boy dishwasher. I learned the valued of hard work.kept an eye out for old mary and her wooden spoon.dont ever let her catch you with your hands in your pockets. Queen of cole slaw, biggest bowl I ever saw.shed be up to her elbows mixing.I loved working there, the money was notr bad for a high school kid. I left this job to work for bklyn union has co.recently tried after 39 years. Took those work ethics with me all my life.
    i loved that place great food i worked there learned to prep and whole family always came here this is sad... gone...
    like all things must pass
    Bronco Charlies. I worked there when I was young. I started as a fryer cook, then baking. This was in the mid 70's. Not a bad place to work. I learned what it meant, to work for your money there. Thanks

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