Local café honored by Senate

Inventive restaurant is committed to serving the community


On Thursday, Sept. 1, state Sen. Alexis Weik (R-3rd District) presented the owners of Café Joelle, Jake Byrne, James Caporuscio, and Kyle Kenny, with a New York State Senate Empire Award for their business’s outstanding devotion to the community.

Each year, the New York State Senate gives special recognition to New Yorkers who have contributed significantly to their communities in the areas of community involvement, leadership, local business, public service, military service, and acts of bravery and heroism.

“Cafe Joelle is a quaint piece of Sayville history and has likely played a part in the special moments of every Sayville resident. They were present and working hard during the pandemic and have always played a major part in our community,” said Weik of her selection of the restaurant for the prestigious award.

Caporuscio, who is a Sayville native, said, “Joelle is unique because our guests feel as if the restaurant is theirs; a place where they can bring friends and family and feel proud to be a part of this amazing town.” 
He went on to say, “It’s an honor to be recognized for simply supporting the town we love, when in fact, it was the town and community supporting us.”
A leader in the local Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce, Café Joelle is a mainstay for the community and offers fresh and inventive American dishes to its clientele.

Chamber president Eileen Tyznar, a frequent guest at Café Joelle, said, “The chamber is so impressed with Café Joelle and the owners, James, Kyle, and Jake. They have turned Joelle’s Barroom & Cafe into the ‘it’ place in town. The trio has recreated the chic restaurant on Main Street with their delectable food and unique and one-of-a-kind cocktails.  It’s no surprise that they were awarded the NYS Empire Award, as their involvement and support of all of the community events has been always constant and refreshing from Day One!”

There is a good balance of traditional fare that the café has always offered, like the German favorite sauerbraten and as of late, introductions like the barbecue pulled-pork pierogies.

One of the few places with a diverse enough menu for a group of friends to sample Italian-inspired meals alongside New Orleans–developed chicken sandwiches, the café is often frequented by discerning diners.

For those looking for inventive cocktails, Café Joelle offers nearly a dozen of them, including the summer favorites, with local Patchogue Betterman Distillery lavender gin.

Some drink combinations include basil, honey, and mint.

Caporuscio said he and his fellow owners have a deep commitment to their community, “Civic duty plays a huge role. We are in this for much more than the ‘business’; we are here to help serve the people and establish lasting relationships with the community members.”


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