The official blog of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
By Melissa Kuehnle, 2nd Vice President and Marketing Committee Chair
Mark Miller keeps it local. He has lived in Bayport, New York his entire life and owns Dublin Deck Restaurant and Tiki Bar, Harbor Crab Restaurant & Marina, and Leeward Cove Marina, all in Patchogue. Miller even co-owns his businesses with partners who were all born and raised in the Patchogue area.
Dublin Deck was established in 1998, and has been thriving on the Patchogue River for 17 years. Sharing its location with Dublin Deck, the Leeward Cove Marina has 240 in-water slips and is conveniently situated right across the Great South Bay from Davis Park and Watch Hill on Fire Island. Harbor Crab opened its doors 14 years ago and has been serving seafood and fun on the Patchogue River ever since. With Miller’s businesses all on the Patchogue River, he hopes that the waterway will become the jewel that he knows it can be. He passes these feelings on to his oldest children who help out the family business at Dublin Deck on their summers off from college.
“I want the Patchogue River to be a real destination, like Montauk, Greenport or the Nautical Mile,” said Miller. “When my time on the river is done, I hope that I can pass these restaurants and marinas on to the next generation in great form, with a lively river for businesses and residents alike.”
Miller is doing his part to boost the success of the Patchogue community by investing time, money and effort into the people and organizations who need them the most. He really cares about his community. Miller is the driving force behind Harbor Crab’s Annual Kris Kringle event. For many years now, he encourages family, friends and patrons of the Harbor Crab to raise funds to help local families in need for the holidays. When families are selected, Miller invites the entire community to meet at the Harbor Crab and travel to each of these families’ homes surprising them with a festive celebration and holiday gifts. The spirit of the season is truly felt during this event and Miller is responsible, with more than $80,000 raised last year alone.
Miller is also the co-chair of the Patchogue Chamber’s Riverfront Committee, which produces some of Patchogue’s most popular events, including the Christmas Holiday Boat Parade and the Summer Solstice Celebration. After being in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years, Miller constantly strives to create better tomorrows for his customers and society. No matter where he works, you will find great food and drink, and a man who cares about the community.
“We pay to live on Long Island just to enjoy the waterfronts like the Patchogue River,” said Miller. “So, everyone should make sure that they get down to the river and enjoy all the Patchogue has to offer.”